The descendants of a Gundowring soldier have marked the 100th anniversary of his death in World War I.
A memorial notice in Saturday’s Border Mail remembers Alick Thomas Keat, who was killed in action in the village of Le Verguier, France, on September 18, 1918, aged 30.
The youngest of 12 and close to his mother, Private Keat worked on the family farm and was known for his skill playing piano.
He enlisted at Bright in September 1916 and served with the 4th Australian Machine Gun Battalion.
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While he and another private were moving forward, carrying ammunition and guns, an enemy shell landed in front of them, killing both instantly.
His mother later received a letter from one of his friends Private George Elliott, who said Private Keat died doing his duty and his presence and good nature was greatly missed.
“The morning was one of the worst we have ever been in, both for rain, fog and fighting,” Private Elliott wrote.
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