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Kerslake, Richard Horwood



Born 11th May 1883 Launceston Tasmania the son of John and Ellen Kerslake (nee McCarthy) a miner he embarked Melbourne 27th October 1915 on board “HMAT Ulysses” with the 15th Infantry Battalion.


He was serving with the 47th Battalion when he died 8th August 1916 at the 2/1st South Midland Casualty Clearing Station Warloy from shrapnel wounds to the stomach received at Pozieres and was buried in the Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension, Warloy-Baillon, Somme, France


Military Medal

'Near POZIERES 6th/12th August, 1916. These men [FRAMPTON, 3606 Richard Harwood KERSLAKE, 1428 William Henry McHUGO, 2127 James DEMPSEY] are recommended for admirable pluck and coolness under heavy H.E. artillery barrage, attending to and evacuating wounded. It is not possible to distinguish between the work of these men, though list as shown attempts to show value of services. The Medical Officer when speaking of the work of these men quotes them as being "a Godsend".'

Commonwealth Gazette 19th April 1917







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