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Eric George McKINNON

Regimental number1233
Place of birthWingham New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationSchool teacher
AddressRavenshaw Street, Merewether, Newcastle, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary McKinnon, Ravenshaw Street, Merewether, Newcastle, New South Wales
Enlistment date8 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name30th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 9 November 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 23 September 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance

Meritorious Service Medal

'The work performed by this W.O. during the period 25th February 1918 to 17th September 1918 has been of the highest order. During the months of February and March he acted in the capacity of R.S.M. and in that capacity performed very valuable services in the supervision of dumps, despatch of material to all portions of the sector, which was then being brought to a high state of defence. His able supervision at the dumps greatly facilitated this work. During April, May and June, he carried out his Company duties with his Unit in the HAMEL Sector, and there displayed great zeal in performance of his many duties, and set a very high standard to his Company N.C.O.s. During the continuous operations from August 8th to September 10th his constant devotion to duty was of the highest order, and his excellent supervision of ration dumps even under the most trying circumstances was largely responsible for the fact that his unit never once failed to obtain at least one hot meal during every day of the period in question. The excellent work performed by this Warrant Officer at all times has proved the greatest value to this Unit.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Date of death5 June 1966

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