Arnold Cyril KILBY MM

KILBY , Arnold Cyril

Service Number: 6046
Enlisted: 20 March 1916
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 14th Infantry Battalion
Born: Drysdale, Victoria, Australia, 1895
Home Town: Drysdale, Greater Geelong, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: 7 March 1954, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Drysdale Methodist Church Honor Roll, Drysdale St James' Anglican Church Roll of Honor, Drysdale State School No 1645 Honor Roll
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World War 1 Service

20 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 6046, 14th Infantry Battalion
1 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, SN 6046, 14th Infantry Battalion
1 Aug 1916: Embarked Private, SN 6046, 14th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Miltiades, Melbourne
3 Feb 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 6046, 14th Infantry Battalion, SW to scalp sustained while on duty in the trenches at Gueudecourt, France
20 Feb 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 14th Infantry Battalion, France
26 Mar 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 6046, 14th Infantry Battalion, German Spring Offensive 1918
4 Jul 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 6046, 14th Infantry Battalion, Le Hamel - Blueprint for Victory
19 Jul 1918: Honoured Military Medal, Le Hamel - Blueprint for Victory, For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at VAIRE WOOD, north east of CORBIE on 4th July, 1918.
20 Sep 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 14th Infantry Battalion, France
24 Oct 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 6046, 14th Infantry Battalion, RTA 4 July 1919

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Biography contributed by Robert Wight

Military Medal citation:

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at VAIRE WOOD, north east of CORBIE on 4th July, 1918. When his Platoon Sergeant had established in a trench cutting off a large party, the enemy made a determined effort along the C.T. to recover the position and rescue the party. Corporal KILBY led his section against them and a lively bomb fight followed for nearly an hour when the enemy withdrew leaving their casualties. By his prompt action, skilful leadership and accurate throwing this N.C.O. assisted in the capture of a large party and denied a dangerous point of vantage to the enemy. His dash and leadership were invaluable.'

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

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