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William Alfred CROSS

Regimental number712
Place of birthAddington, New Zealand
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationClerk in Holy Orders
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinWife, Mrs E E Cross, New Zealand Executor Mr A J Coates Solicitor, Cliheroe Reid Park Mosman, New South Wales
Enlistment date7 September 1914
Place of enlistmentRosebery, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name13th Battalion, G Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board TRANSPORT A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal (?)

Recommendation date: 9 May 1915

FateReturned to Australia 4 August 1915

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry on the 9th May 1915, during operations near Gaba Tepe (Dardanelles), in taking an enemy's trench. Out of a party of 40 men to which he belonged, only 12 reached their objective. On the Officer in Command being wounded he endeavoured to assist him back, but the Officer was again shot and killed. Sergeant Cross then immediately returned to the forward position.'
Source: 'London Gazette' No. 7673
Date: 5 August 1915

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