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William KILNER

Regimental number390
Place of birthYorkshire England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSurvey assistant
Address118 Aberdeen Street, Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation38
Next of kinMother, Mrs Eliza Kilner, 20 Hunter House Road, Sheffield, Yorks, England
Enlistment date4 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll7 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name44th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/61/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 6 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll44th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 8 June 1918

FateReturned to Australia 24 January 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For bravery and devotion to duty. On the 4th July, 1918, at HAMEL, his Section leader became a casualty early in the advance. KILNER at once assumed command and led them with great dash to the final objective. Here he mopped up a strong Headquarters, capturing many prisoners and important documents and material. His splendid leadership inspired the men with confidence, and his coolness under fire set a splendid example to his comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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