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William Clyne FORREST

Regimental number2380
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationEngine driver
Addressc/o Geraldton Post Office, Geraldton, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinWife, Mrs Blanch Forrest, Carnarvon, Western Australia
Enlistment date2 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll21 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 13 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Recommendation date: 7 March 1917

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: "Unspecified"

FateReturned to Australia 1 June 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For consistent gallantry in action. On 28 September, during the operations near Bellicourt, he was acting as a linesman, and maintained communication for a period of thirty six hours under heavy fire. He also displayed great courage in subsequent operations on the Beaurevoir line at Bussigny and at St. Souplet, in charge of a gun detachment.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 42
Date: 20 May 1920

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