1167 Sergeant William Stuart Kilpatrick MM

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Posted on 26 April 2021
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Born 31 January 1894, Marrickville
Occupation: Fireman

Service: Militia, St George Rifles (5 years)

NSWFB
Joined 13 March 1911, First Class Fireman

  • 1 Headquarters
  • 2 George Street West
  • 7 Marrickville
  • 19 Granville

Resigned 13 August 1914

First Tropical Force, Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force
Enlisted 12 August 1914, 139 Private
He served with "A" Coy, AN&MEF in its action in taking Rabaul, German New Guinea
Discharged 4 March 1915

First AIF, Enlisted 6 March 1915
6th Australian Light Horse Regiment, 1167 Trooper
Gallipoli – Noted for general good work at withdrawal from Anzac, night of 19/20 December 1915, Palestine 
Discharged 13 June 1919
Awarded Military Medal. London Gazette 13 September 1918

Recommendation for a Reward

1167 Sergeant William Stuart Kilpatrick, 6th Australian Light Horse Regiment

During Operations at Amman on the afternoon of March 27th 1918, No 1167 SSM Kilpatrick W. S. was commanding a troop supporting “C” Sqdn in its attack on some enemy trenches.

The enemy by counter attacking the 7th L. H. Regiment was able to occupy some sangers and bring enfilade fire on to “C” Sqdn.

SSM Kilpatrick without hesitation led his men forward under a murderous M. G. fire and assisted in the withdrawal of “C” Squadron and displayed great gallantry in carrying wounded out of action – for his gallantry and example I consider this NCO well worthy of reward.

1167 Sergeant William Stuart Kilpatrick was awarded a Military Medal for this action.

London Gazette: 13 September 1918

Military Medal
1914/15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

WII – Militia
Occupation: Lorry Driver
Enlisted 16 October 1939, N69202 Warrant Officer Class II, Second Garrison Brigade
Darwin – 27 November 1941 to 8 June 1942, NSW L of C
Discharged 11 November 1942

Second AIF
Transferred to NX140023 A/WOI, 1 Australian Water Transport Group RAE, New Guinea – Milne Bay
Discharged Medically Unfit 20 August 1943

United States Army Small Ships Section, New Guinea
During WWII he enlisted into the 1st Australian Water Transport RAE AIF but was discharged due to his age. He then enlisted in the US Small Ships section, Sydney to Milne Bay on 27 October 1943 and when at Milne Bay had to abandon ship and swim to shore while being strafed by a Zero.

Died 1966