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Richard Joseph KEALY

Regimental number1164
Place of birthApsley, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFarmer
AddressKybybolite, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinWife, Mrs Jessie Ann Kealy, 25 William Street, Hyde Park, South Australia
Enlistment date17 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name43rd Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/60/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 9 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Work near Proyart on 8-9 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 11 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 8 May 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When the officer in charge of two platoons was wounded during an attack, this N.C.O. took charge, and, handling his men with great skill, surrounded a strong point, which he rushed at the head of his men, captuing twenty prisoners and three machine guns. This minor attack cleared the front for the remainder of the company to advance on its objective'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 36
Date: 14 March 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death30 May 1974
Age at death85
Place of burialApsley Cemetery, Victoria

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