William Duncan KIRKLAND MC

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KIRKLAND, William Duncan

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 15 June 1916
Last Rank: Major
Last Unit: Army Medical Corps (AIF)
Born: Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia, 8 March 1891
Home Town: Lithgow, Lithgow, New South Wales
Schooling: Cooerwull Academy NSW; Sydney University
Occupation: Medical Practitioner
Died: Killed in action, Belgium, 22 July 1917, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Reninghelst New Military Cemetery, Belgium
III D 15
Memorials: Lithgow War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

15 Jun 1916: Enlisted Australian Army (post WW2), Captain, SN Officer, Medical Officers
19 Aug 1916: Involvement Captain, Medical Officers
19 Aug 1916: Embarked Captain, Medical Officers, HMAT Boorara, Sydney
22 Jul 1917: Involvement Major, Army Medical Corps (AIF)
4 Oct 1917: Honoured Military Cross, 'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During hostile shelling two ammunition casualties. He immediately went to the assistance of the wounded, and, regardless of heavy shell fire and numerous explosions, dressed their wounds. He has at all times set a fine example.' Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He was 26.

His brother Captain Hugh Edward Kirkland, MC, aged 26 also fell [Died 03/10/1918] whilst serving with the Australian Army Medical Corps attached. 2nd Brigade. Australian Field Artillery. Both were born at Bathurst, New South Wales.

Both are commemorated on the war memorial at Inverary, Scotland.

Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

William Duncan KIRKLAND was born in 1891 in Bathurst, NSW

His parents were Hugh KIRKLAND and Duncanina (Nina) McLULLICH  they arrived in NSW in 1889 from Glasgow in Scotland and his father began a medical practice at Bathurst for several years before moving to Lithgow