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Samuel KEEN

Regimental number1251
Place of birthGlossop England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Address27 Hadfield Road, Hadfield, Manchester, England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother, Mrs Sarah Keen, 27 Hadfield Road, Hadfield, Manchester, England
Enlistment date23 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 26 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Light Trench Mortar Battery
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 18 May 1918

FateDischarged 28 October 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'This N.C.O. Whilst in charge of a Stokes Mortar sub-section on the 14th May, 1918, near MORLANCOURT, caused his teams to man the parapet and use their rifles when the enemy advanced very close to his guns. he successfully defended the positions, killing a number of the enemy, until help arrived, and afterwards brought his guns into action for the counter attack under intense enemy barrage. he displayed fine initiative and leadership.
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal, Military Medal.

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