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William John FORSYTH

Regimental number2810
Place of birthUlmarra New South Wales
AddressHarrisville, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Jane Forsyth, Spring Farm, Fassifern Line, Queensland
Enlistment date9 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name41st Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/58/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 23 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll41st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal (altered to Military Medal )

Work near Hamel on 8 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 13 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 8 July 1919

Military Medal

'For bravery and devotion to duty. On the 8th August, 1918, during the attack on the enemy's position east of HAMEL, the Platoon of which Private FORSYTH was a member was suddenly attacked by an enemy machine gun from the rear. Private FORSYTH immediately dashed back, killed the gunner and captured the gun and the remainder of the crew. His prompt action enabled his Platoon to advance without further casualties. He displayed conspicuous bravery throughout the whole operation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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