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William Francis GILL

Regimental number2663
Place of birthInnisfail Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationShipping manager
Address'Carliole', Booth Street, Arncliffe, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, Henry Laurence Gill, Innisfail, Queensland
Enlistment date30 May 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll30 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name52nd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/69/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 7 October 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll49th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: INF49
Promotion date: 5 January 1919


Unit: INF49
Promotion date: 5 April 1919

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 5 May 1918

FateReturned to Australia 12 July 1919

Military Medal

'For gallantry and fine leadership during the counter-attack on the enemy positions near VILLERS-BRETONNEUX on night 24th/25th April 1918. When his Platoon Officer assumed command of the Company and his Sergeant was a casualty, Corporal GILL took charge of the platoon and led his men in the final assault on a very strongly defended machine gun position. The successful capture of the position, which included the capture of several machine guns, was largely due to the splendid example set by this N.C.O. He gave a fine display of bravery under exceptionally trying circumstances.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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