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Born in Ballarat, Victoria and a Salesman by occupation, William Ernest Kiel was 21 years and single when enlisted on the 17th of May 1915 in the Infantry Brigade 6, Field Ambulance 6, Reinforcement 4, Australian Imperial Force, with the rank of Private, Number 5514. His Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A16 'Star Of Victoria' on the 10th of September 1915. Appointed Lance Corporal on the 9th of August 1916 in the 1st Field Ambulance. Wounded on the 2nd of October 1917 and awarded the Military Medal on the 6th of April 1917. On the 11th of October 1917 embarked on the H.S. Princess Elizabeth for England Shot wound thigh left arm and face. On the 13th of October 1917 admitted to the 4th Southern General Hospital Gunshot wound arm and face severe. Embarked return to Australia per 'Aeneas' on the 31st of May 1919. Disembarked on the 12th of July 1919. Discharged from the 3rd Military District on the 10th of September 1919 with the termination of period of enlistment. 'For conspicuous gallantry under fire. Has acted as "runner" on all occasions during which the bearer division of the ambulance has been in action. During the recent advance from February 25th to March 3rd, 1917, this N.C.O. carried messages with great resoluteness and dash, often under very heavy shell fire.' Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 133 Date: 21 August 1917. Tree No. 3394