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William Duncan KIRKLAND

Date of birth8 March 1891
Place of birthBathurst, New South Wales
OccupationMedical practitioner
AddressLithgow, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs N Kirkland, Main Street, Lithgow, New South Wales
Previous military service7th Australian Army Medical Corps
Enlistment date19 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentCaptain
Unit nameMedical Officers
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A73 Commonwealth on 19 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Medical Corps


Unit: MED
Promotion date: 19 May 1916

FateKilled in Action 22 July 1917
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialReninghelst New Military Cemetery (Plot III, Row D, Grave 15), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Hugh and Duncania KIRKLAND

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During hostile shelling two ammunition casualties. He immediately went to the assistance of the wounded, and, regardless of heavy shell fire and numerous explosions, dressed their wounds. He has at all times set a fine example.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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