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Born in Ballarat, William Ernest Kiel was a single 21 year old salesman at the time of his enlistment in Melbourne, Victoria on the 17th of May 1915. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A16 Star Of Victoria on the 10th of September 1915.
On the 9th of August 1916, William was promoted to Lance Corporal.
He was awarded the Military Medal on the 24th of March 1917.
William was wounded in action on the 3rd of October 1917 and was invalided to England on the 11th of October. He was admitted to the 4th Souther General Hospital in Plymouth, England o the 13th of October with gunshot wounds to his right arm and face. He rejoined his unit on the 2nd of April 1918.
William returned to Australia on the 12th of July 1919, and was discahrged due to the termination of his enlistment period on the 10th of September 1919.
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