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William GIDLOW

Regimental number8
Place of birthThomastown, Kilkenny, Ireland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationCarpenter
AddressBairnsdale, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation40
Height5' 9.5"
Weight158 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Margaret Gidlow, Bairnsdale, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 16 years in the Royal Engineers, British Army.
Enlistment date15 February 1915
Place of enlistmentBairnsdale, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name22nd Battalion Head-Quarters Staff
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A33 Ulysses on 10 May 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll4500
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Pioneer Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: 9 March 1917

FateReturned to Australia 21 April 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Joseph and Marie GIDLOW
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has consistently shown a fine example of courage and coolness under fire, and has performed good and valuable service throughout.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Discharge date23 August 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Transferred to Divisional Engineers Company, Heliopolis, 6 August 1915; marched out to base details, 3 September 1915; rejoined unit from details, Tel-el-Kebir, 19 March 1916. Transferred to 5th Pioneer Bn, 22 March 1916; to be Sergeant, 24 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria on HMT 'Canada' and proceeded to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 25 June 1916; allotted to Pioneer Training Bn and placed on supernumerary list, 3 March 1917. Marched into Pioneer Training Bn, Larkhill, 6 March 1917; proceeded on command to Pioneer School, Fovant, 9 May 1917; awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, 5 June 1917. Citation reads: 'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has consistently shown a fine example of courage and coolness under fire, and has performed good and valuable service throughout'.

Proceeded to France through Southampton, 9 July 1917; marched into 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Havre, 10 July 1917; moved into the field, 31 July 1917; rejoined unit in the field, 1 August 1917; detached to Pioneer Training Bn, 1 December 1917. Marched into Pioneer Training Bn, Larkhill, 4 December 1917; moved out to detached working party, 22 January 1918; rejoined unit from working party, 5 February 1918; marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 8 March 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Suevic', 21 April 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 7 June 1918; discharged Melbourne, 23 August 1918.

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death19 December 1939
Age at death65
Place of burialUnable to read (died at Geelong)
SourcesNAA: B2455, GIDLOW William

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