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Lines, Keith (1889–1967)

Keith Lines, n.d. photographer unknown

Keith Lines, n.d. photographer unknown

from Bank of NSW Roll of Honour

KEITH LINES was born on 29th March, 1889, at Adelaide, South Australia, the son of Mr. Oscar Lines, Chief Inspector of the Bank, and Mrs. Edith Lines. He was educated at the Geelong Grammar School, where he distinguished himself in sports and gained the triple blue. He entered the service of the Bank in May, 1907, at Melbourne, and was sent to East Collingwood, as ledger-keeper, in June, 1910; transferred to Abbotsford in December; to Fitzroy in February, 1911; and on 4th May, 1914, to London.

Keith Lines enlisted at the beginning of 1916 in the 15th London Regiment. He was stationed in the South of Ireland during the riots in that year. He passed through the Royal Artillery Cadet School, at Exeter, and the School of Gunnery, Lark Hill. Appointed to the Royal Field Artillery, he was promoted to lieutenant in April, 1917, and took part in the Battles of Passchendaele Ridge and the third Battle of Ypres.

On the third day of the big German offensive in March, 1918, he was wounded near Cambrai. On recovery he was stationed with a battery on the east coast of England, until the Armistice, and returned to Australia in the transport “Megantic” in February, 1920.

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