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William Emlyn HARDWICK

Regimental number861
Place of birthBrecon, South Wales
Place of birthBrecon, Wales
SchoolCouncil School
Age on arrival in Australia20
ReligionChurch of England
Address7 Mount Street, Brecon, Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinMrs W Norman,7 Mount Street, Brecon, Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the "Church Lads Brigade", when in England
Enlistment date7 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name21st Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 10 May 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll21st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', fourth Supplement, No. 29664 (11 July 1919); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 176 (30 November 1916)

Other details from Roll of Honour Circular"Mentioned in Despatches 10th April, 1916 for distinguished and gallant services rnedered during the period of General Sir Charles Munro's Command of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force. No. 861 Sergeant William Emlyn Hardwick". Details from Sister.
FateKilled in Action 5 October 1918
Place of death or woundingMontbrehain, France
Age at death from cemetery records33
Place of burialTincourt New British Cemetery (Plot X, Row E, Grave No. 19), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: thomas and Mary HARDWICK

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When his platoon was held up by fire from a mine crater he rushed forward with three men killing two of the enemy and dispersing the remainder. He set a fine example of courage and initiative.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 133
Date: 21 August 1917

Bar to Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When the flank of an advance was seriously hampered by machine gun fire, he led forward a party, drove the enemy from their position, captured a machine gun and six prisoners, and established a post on the captured ground under heavy fire. He showed great courage and skill.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

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

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