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Regimental number1997
Place of birthCasino, New South Wales
SchoolCasino and Woodburn Public Schools, New South Wales
Other trainingNil
ReligionChurch of England
AddressCasino, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, James Skinner, Casino, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date18 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name25th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/42/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 16 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll25th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularWas a schoolmate of Harold McWilliam DCM, mates in the same battalion, decorated on the same day, killed in action on the same day.
FateKilled in Action 5 November 1916
Place of death or woundingFlers, France
Age at death18.4
Age at death from cemetery records18
Place of burialWarlencourt British Cemetery (Plot II, Row B, Grave No. 30), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Reachal SKINNER. Native of Casino, New South Wales. Full name Abel Samuel SKINNER

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and skill in handling his machine guns during an enemy counter attack. He inflicted heavy casualties.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 184
Date: 14 December 1916

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

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