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William Henry GIFFORD

Regimental number5105
Place of birthHobart Tasmania
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationCook
AddressPerkins Street, Townsville, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation40
Next of kinBrother, C Gifford, Perkins Street, Townsville, Queensland
Enlistment date27 December 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A16 Star of Victoria on 31 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll49th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: "Unspecified"

FateReturned to Australia 17 March 1917
Medals

Military Medal

'During lull in the fighting of the 3rd September, 1916, these men [GIFFORD and 5118 D.J. JOLL] attended to the wounded and carried them to a place of safety. When the 52nd Battalion were shelled from the line these men went to the left and assisted to hold the left flank. Their work throughout was such that I beg to recommend them for distinction.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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