David Hamilton KUNKLER

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KUNKLER, David Hamilton

Service Number: 3803
Enlisted: 23 September 1915, Lismore, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 49th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bangawalbin, New South Wales, 6 April 1883
Home Town: Casino, Richmond Valley, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, Pozières, France, 4 September 1916, aged 33 years
Cemetery: Courcelette British Cemetery
Plot V, Row D, Grave 6
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Casino and District Memorial Hospital WW1 Roll of Honour, Green Ridge Public School
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World War 1 Service

23 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3803, 9th Infantry Battalion, Lismore, New South Wales
30 Dec 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3803, 9th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
30 Dec 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3803, 9th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Itonus, Brisbane
29 Feb 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 49th Infantry Battalion, A Company
4 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3803, 49th Infantry Battalion, Pozières

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

David Hamilton KUNKLER was born on 6th April, 1883 at Bangawalbin near Coraki, NSW

His parents were Martin KUNKLER and Jane CHAMBERS

He enlisted on 23rd Sept. 1915 in Lismore, NSW and embarked from Brisbane, Queensland on board HMAT Itonus on 30th December, 1915 with the 12th reinforcements

David was Killed in Action in the Field near Pozieres on 4th September 1916 and is buried in Courcelette British Cemetery - his name is memorialised at the Australian War Memorial and on a Memorial tablet at the Casino Presybterian Church, NSW

He was awarded the British War Medal & the Victory Medal.

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Trove Article - Memorial tablet

A Memorial tablet will be unveiled in St Pauls Presbyterian Church, Casino to the memory of the late Private D. H. Kunkler, a much esteemed local resident, who was killed while fighting for King & Country in France

The memorial is a very handsome one in black & white marble bearing the following inscription

"In Memory of Private David Hamilton Kunkler, A Company, 49th Battalion,13th Infantry Brigade, A.I.F.  Born 6th April, 1883, killed in action in France, 4th Sept. 1916"

"Greater love hath no man than his,

that a man lay down his life for his friends"

Erected by the Greenridge Branch of the Farmers & Settlers Association..  The lettering is in black on a slab of white polished marble surmounted with clasped hands and embellished with a beautiful floral border chiselled in the stone, this is  mounted on a slab of polished block marble and will be a fitting memorial to one wo with his family was very much respected in the district.

The memorial is the work of Mr. C J. Langker of Walker St. Casino and he is to be complimented upon this excellent evidence of his handiwork.  The ceremony of unveiling will be performed by Mr. D.O.L. Smith, president of the Greenridge branch of the F. & S Association.

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