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Victor KETTERER

Regimental number1490
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationEngineer
Address...
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Turner c/o Mrs Baldock, 1353 Barton Street, E Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Enlistment date12 November 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A50 Itonus on 22 February 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette, Supplement, No. 29455 (28 January 1916); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 44 (6 April 1916).

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 26 September 1918

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29890 (2 January 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103 (29 June 1917).
Recommendation date: 27 September 1916

FateReturned to Australia 21 December 1918
Medals

Military Cross

'For gallantry and initiative as intelligence officer, on 18th September 1918, when an attack was being made on Le Vergieur, north west of St. Quentin. He personally placed the jumping off tapes, and subsequently supervised the placing of the infantry on their jumping off positions. During the attack he kpet in touch with progress of the attack, and kept battalion headquarters informed thereof. Whilst doing so he located an enemy machine gun position which had been missed by our troops, and which was firing into the back of the leading companies. He immediately attacked the position, and with the aid of his runner succeeded in capturing the gun, killing two and taking three of the crew prisoners. Throughout he showed the greatest initiative, and maintained an exceedingly high standard of gallantry.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 129
Date: 20 November 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

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