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William Arthur GORNALL

Regimental number727
Place of birthLancashire England
ReligionChurch of England
AddressAegina Street, Mount Hawthorne via Leederville, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, D Gornall, Aegina Street, Mount Hawthorne via Leederville, Western Australia
Enlistment date1 March 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name23rd Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/40/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll23rd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Work on 10-11 November 1917 near Broodseinde.'
Recommendation date: 17 November 1917

FateReturned to Australia 28 February 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry on night 10th/11th November, 1917, in vicinity of BROODSEINDE near YPRES. Whilst in close support, these men [GORNALL and 1252 W.E. QUILL] heard calls for help coming from a demolished and detached machine gun post; in spite of very heavy enemy shell fire they quickly proceeded to the spot, and dug out five injured men. They then guided stretcher bearers to the post and helped to carry the wounded. But for their gallant act the wounded would have remained exposed to very bad weather conditions all night, and their courageous conduct undoubtedly saved the machine gun and crew. Their immediate action and personal disregard of danger was most marked.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

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