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William Wallace GRAHAM

Regimental number1545
Date of birth--/06/1888
Place of birthBallarat Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMiner
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinWife, Mrs Catherine Graham, 2042 Oberthur Street, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Enlistment date4 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A50 Itonus on 22 February 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Battalion
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: INF11
Promotion date: 23 August 1916

Lieutenant


Unit: INF11
Promotion date: 3 October 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 14 May 1917

Bar to Military Cross


Recommendation date: 28 August 1918

Military Cross


Recommendation date: "Unspecified"

Mention in Despatches


Recommendation date: "May 1915"

FateReturned to Australia 21 March 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During an intense enemy barrage his Lewis gun was buried and the crew became casualties. At great personal risk he dug out his gun and repaired it. Still under heavy shell fire he instructed a fresh crew, and was able to use it against the enemy attack with great effect.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Bar to Military Cross

'At Chugnolles, on 25th and 26th August 1918, this officer showed fine leadership and gallantry. he pushed his company forward to the assistance of another battalion's right flank through enemy bombing and machine gun fire. He then led a bombing attack, driving the enemy back over 1,000 yards and allowing the whole line to get forward. Next day he advanced another 1,000 yards, handling his company with brilliant dash and skill. Throughout his fine example inspired all under him.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, Bar to Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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