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William Franklin COMRIE

Regimental number1553
Place of birthAuckland, New Zealand
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationFarm hand
AddressGPO Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, James Young McLachlan Comrie, Runaman, Auckland, New Zealand
Enlistment date27 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Light Horse Regiment, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/15/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT RMS Mongolia on 22 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Trench Mortar Battery
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: "20 June 1917 (Awarded 21 June 1917)"

FateReturned to Australia 1 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On the night of May 27th 1917 near KANDAHAR Dump (before MESSINES), a stock 18-pr. ammunition belonging to the 25th Division was ignited as a result of enemy shell fire. Under heavy enemy shelling and at great risk to himself from exploding ammunition, this Driver, with others, succeeded in extinguishing the fire and, as a result, saved some 800 rounds of ammunition. he showed keen devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

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