Mack J. M. Kerby

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Sergeant M.J.M. Kerby, DCM, Ballarat Fire Brigade Collection.

History

Macklain James Martin Kerby was born in Ballarat. He was a student of Grenville College before studying Chemistry at the Ballarat School of Mines in 1905.[1] He was married to Annie Matilda who was living at 84 Coppin Street, Richmond at the time of his enlisment, but was later at 109 Wendouree Parade, Ballarat. Macklam and Annie had two children: Quennie Sylvia MKerby and Macklain Kerby[2]

Military Experience

Sergeant Macklain J.M. Kerby (1364) enlisted on 10 January 1916,[3] becoming a member of the 3rd Tunnelling Company.[4] He disembarked at Marseilles and entrained for Hazebrouck on 08 March 1915. On 26 April 1916 he was transferred to the 3rd Tunnelling Company.[5]

He was listed as missing on 28 November 1916, and later announced killed in action on 27 November 1916, France. He was buried in the Hersin Communal Cemetery Extension, Hersin-Coupigny, Lens, Nord Pas de Calais, France.[6]

Lance Corporal C. Morris (1376) said:

I did not see Casualty killed by heard from Spr. A. Martin and Spr? Baker of Corrimal, South Coast, N.S.W., that he was killed by the explosion of one of our own mines at Loos. The mine exploded about 10 a.m. in the morning of November 28th 1916, and killed several of our men. Kerby was buried at Hersen. I saw his grave on Christmas day 1916. There was a cross erected bearing his rank, No. and name and when he was killed. Kerby was a chap of medium build about 5'8" in height, and fair complexion. He was a Sgt, and had a D.C.M.[7]

Awards & Honors

Sergeant Mack Kerby was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) for conspicuous gallantry on the field in France on 27 November 1916.

His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to approve the award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal to the undermentioned non-commissioned officer for acts of gallantry and devotion to duty in the field:-
No. 1264, Sergeant Macklan James Martin Kerby
For conspicuous gallanty during operations. He went into "No Man's Land" and assisted his officer to adjust a push-pipe. The leads had been cut in several places by shell fire, and he showed the greatest courage in adjusting them.[8]

See also

3rd Tunnelling Company

Awards & Honors

Killed

Leslie J. Coulter

References

  1. Ballarat School of Mines Enrolment Database, Federation University Historical Collection.
  2. https://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1641375/, accessed 17/03/2015.
  3. NAA: B2455, KERBY MACKLAM JAMES MARTIN
  4. https://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1641375/, accessed 17 march 2015.
  5. NAA: B2455, KERBY MACKLAM JAMES MARTIN
  6. https://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1641375/, accessed 17/03/2015.
  7. NAA: B2455, KERBY MACKLAM JAMES MARTIN
  8. NAA: B2455, KERBY MACKLAM JAMES MARTIN

Other links

<http://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1641375/>


--Cgervasoni (talk) 13:41, 20 October 2014 (AEDT); --Cgervasoni (talk) 23:57, 16 March 2015 (AEDT)