KIMMORLEY, Percy James

Percy’s birth to Alfred and Ella Kimmorley was registered at Inverell in 1894. At the age of twenty-two he enlisted at Armidale NSW giving his occupation as Carter, address Ashford, and naming his mother as next of kin. He had previously been rejected due to a broken leg.

He joined the 33rd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement and sailed from Australia for England on HMAT A72 Beltana in November 1916. After training in England he was sent to France in June 1917 where six weeks later he was accidently wounded. Later that year he was transferred to the Australian Army Veterinary Hospital and the following year appointed Lance Corporal.

Percy returned to Australia and was medically discharged in June 1919. He was one of eight volunteers given a ‘Welcome Home’ at Graman and presented with an inscribed gold medal. After the War, Percy lived in various places in Queensland. He died in Brisbane in 1967. Percy’s name is recorded on the Ashford and Graman Honor Rolls.