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Henry KITCHING

Regimental number806
Date of birth--/09/1887
Place of birthLancashire England
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFarmer
AddressMyall Creek, Delungra, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinFather, W Kitching, Prospect Terrace, Leyland, Lancashire, England
Enlistment date12 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll14 December 1915
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name33rd Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/50/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A74 Marathon on 4 May 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll33rd Battalion
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: INF33
Promotion date: 3 November 1917

Lieutenant


Unit: INF33
Promotion date: 12 April 1918

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 6 April 1918

FateReturned to Australia 12 June 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. In face of heavy machine gun and rifle fire, he led his platoon forward with great dash, getting the enemy on the run, and continuing his advance in spite of casualties. He consolidated a strong point, and, though both his flanks were exposed, he remained firm until other troops came up. He was wounded in the next during the advance, but refused to be evacuated until relieved. Throughout he displayed the greatest determination, excellent leadership, and splendid courage.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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