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Thomas Llewellyn KEEN

Regimental number210
Place of birthCanterbury, Kent, England
SchoolSutton School, Maidstone, Kent, Englnd
Age on arrival in Australia20
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStation overseer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs T.B. Keen, Heathfield Avenue, Dover, england
Enlistment date30 October 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Light Horse Regiment, A Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/12/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A33 Ayrshire on 20 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Flying Corps
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Unspecified


Recommendation date: "10 Octonber 1915 and 2 April 1918"

Other details from Roll of Honour Circular"Mentioned in despatches and recommended for DCM for bravery on Field in Dardanelles. Awarded MC "For conspicious gallantry and devoted to duty in maintaining communication between Squadrons. To do this he had to expose himself to exceptionally heavy rifle and machine gun fire and it was owing to resource in taking and sending messages that the regiment was kept together"." Details from Mother.
FateDied as a result of accident 12 March 1919
Place of death or woundingMinchinhampton, Telbury, Glostershire, Engalnd
Age at death28
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialLeighterton Church Cemetery, Boxwell-with-Leighterton, Gloucestershire
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
188
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas Benion and Mary KEEN, 57 Heathfield Avenue, Dover
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in maintaining communications between squadrons. To do this he had to expose himself to exceptionally heavy rifle and machine gun fire, and it was owing to his resource in taking and sending messages that the regiment was kept together.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

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

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