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Philip Henshan KIDGELL

Regimental number296
Place of birthLilydale Victoria
ReligionCongregational
OccupationPrinter
Address26 Pine Street, Middle Brighton, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinWife, Mrs Evelyn Annie Kidgell, 26 Pine Street, Middle Brighton, Victoria
Enlistment date7 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 15, Reinforcement 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/20/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 4 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 4 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On the night of the 19th and morning of the 20th September, 1917 at WESTHOEK RIDGE near YPRES Signaller KIDGELL went several times through the enemy barrage and successfully repaired telephone lines to forward guns. On the morning of the 20th September he also did the work of runner very effectively notwithstanding persistent enemy shelling.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal, Military Medal

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