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Athol McGregor KIRKWOOD

Regimental number323
Address3 Wellington Street, Kew, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, Thomas Kirkwood, 3 Wellington Street, Kew, Victoria
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 27 July 1915
Date of death27 July 1915
Place of burialShrapnel Valley Cemetery (Plot II, row A, Grave No. 72), Gallipoli, Turkey
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas and Mary KIRKWOOD, 3 Wellington Street, Kew, Victoria. Native of Collingwood, Victoria

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and ability on the 8th May, 1915, during the operations North of Cape Helles (Dardanelles). During an advance, when the Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers had been killed or wounded, Private Kirkwood assumed the command, taking charge of the men in his immediate neighbourhood, directing their fire, and bu his coolness and courage rendering invaluable assistance in steadying all ranks at a critical moment. He led each advance in his section of the line, and finally performed most valuable service in consolidating the position gained.'
Source: 'London Gazette' No. 8855
Date: 6 September 1915

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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