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Arthur Melville LILBURNE

Place of birthBallarat, Victoria
SchoolGrenville College, Victoria
Other trainingMelbourne University
Address371 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinFather, A E Lilburne, Oxford Chambers, Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date18 February 1916
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit nameHowitzer Brigade 120
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/136/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 3 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Division Artillery
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

'For gallantry and devotion to duty at Verbrandenmolen Ridge, south of Ypres, on 11th March 1918.'
Recommendation date: 17 March 1918

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularHe died of cerebral haemorrhage. Awarded the Military Cross.
FateDied of disease 11 July 1918
Age at death31
Age at death from cemetery records31
Place of burialBrookwood Military Cemetery (Plot IV, Row C, Grave No. 6), Surrey, England, England
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Arthur and Clara LILBURNE, Melbourne

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. While the battery was being subjected to very heavy shell fire he, at gteat personal risk, supervised the evacuation of all ranks to places of safety. On the following day, observing one of the gun pits received a direct hit, he, assisted by a N.C.O., collected a party of men and got under control the fire which had broken out, thus saving a large amount of ammunition. He showed great courage and coolness throughout.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 165
Date: 24 October 1918

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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