Kreig, Lieutenant Louis Paul

No 1 Sqn AFC

Louis Kreig came from Dimboola, Victoria. He was a Farmer, aged 22, when enlisted in the 11th Light Horse in Oakey, Queensland, on 30 December 1914. He left Brisbane on HMAT A30 Borda on 16 June 1915. By early April 1915 he had been promoted to Sergeant and served at Gallipoli after the 11th LH landed there in August. He transferred to the 5th LH later in August, and was made acting Squadron Sergeant Major in July 1916 after suffering a shoulder injury in March. He was commissioned in the 10th Light Horse in September 1917. In January 1918 he was seconded to No 1 Sqn AFC for training as an observer and attended appropriate courses.

Lt Kreig is mentioned in the Official History for an incident on 11 June 1918 when, flying in Bristol Fighter B1276 with Lt E G C Stooke, and escorting Lt Ross Smith and Lt W A Kirk in Bristol B1229, the pair chased a German Rumpler two-seater down to a hasty landing north of Tul Keram. On 13 July, flying with Lt G W Sheppard, he was involved in an attack on a large Turkish camel and horse
convoy south of Amman. Again with Lt Sheppard, in company with another Bristol crew, he attacked two Rumplers near Amman. On 24 July, he and Lt Sheppard found a massedconcentration of Turkish soldiers in a wadi near Amman, which led to the enemy being attacked.

He was killed in an aircraft accident on 19 August 1918 while flying in Bristol F2B B1280, flown by
Lt E C Stooke.

Lt L P Kreig is buried in Grave AA 17 at Ramleh War Cemetery, Palestine.

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