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Conrad Alwyn WILKSCH

Regimental number32502
Place of birthMannum South Australia
OccupationLaw clerk
AddressMannum, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, S Wilksch, Mannum, South Australia
Enlistment date23 September 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll9 September 1916
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 6, Reinforcement 13
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/34/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Osterley on 14 February 1917
Rank from Nominal RollBombardier
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 20 June 1919

Military Medal

'On the morning of the 29th September, 1918, the 117th Infantry Regiment (American) attacked East and South of BELLICOURT near ST QUENTIN CANAL. Owing to heavy traffic and shelling the telephone wires were cut and communication with the 59th American Infantry Brigade practically ceased. Sergeant O'MALLEY and Gunner WILKSCH immediately went forward and patrolled and repaired the lines, and worked continuously on them during that day and the next night. Their work was done so well that they were at times the only avenue of communication available to the 59th American Brigade. They worked conscientiously and energetically with the sole object of opening up another avenue of communication for the Brigade, at a period when accurate information was not forthcoming. They set a fine example of dvotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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