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Arthur Edward KIRK

Regimental number2196
Place of birthCharters Towers Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressNagle Street, Queenton, Charters Towers, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, Arthur Edward Kirk, Nagle Street, Queenton, Charters Towers, Queensland
Enlistment date6 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name52nd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/69/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A42 Boorara on 16 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll52nd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 12 April 1918

FateDied of wounds 9 May 1918
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialBoisguillaume Communal Cemetery Extension (Row D, Grave No. 16A), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Arthur Edward and Ada KIRK, Pool Street, Bowen, North Queensland. Native of Charters Towers, Queensland

Military Medal

'For great bravery at DERNANCOURT South West of ALBERT on 5th April 1918. In the early stages of the action when communication with Battalion was temporarily broken, he carried despatches under heavy shell fire. Throughout the day he carried out his duties fearlessly, working under very heavy shell and machine gun fire. He exhibited great coolness under trying circumstances.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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