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Arthur Lionel KEARNEY

Regimental number3358
Place of birthBalderogery, New South Wales
SchoolYeoval Public School
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationSleeper cutter
AddressGuerie, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinFather, J Kearney c/o Mrs F West, Guerie, New South Wales
Enlistment date29 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 13 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Sergeant Major
Unit from Nominal Roll45th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 18 December 1916

FateDied of wounds 14 April 1918
Place of death or woundingDernancourt, Somme, France
Age at death36
Age at death from cemetery records30
Place of burialWimereux Communal Cemetery (Plot X, Row D, Grave No. 4A), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
140
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Elizabeth KEARNEY
Medals

Military Medal

'At GUEUDECOURT for conspicuous gallantry and promptitude in attacking and surprising an enemy patrol on the morning of 21st November, 1916. Lance Corporal KEARNEY was in charge of a Sector of GOODWINS POST at the time and seeing this patrol approaching allowed them to get within a few feet and then dispersed them with bombs, killing three and wounding several others. On the following morning he killed another German who was approaching his post. A keen and brave fighter.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 116
Date: 25 July 1917

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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