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William Joseph BANNISTER

Regimental number1912
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
Address6 Alma Street, Darlington, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs J Bannister, 6 Alma Street, Darlington, New South Wales
Enlistment date15 January 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll15 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 13 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll45th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Victoria Cross (Distinguished Conduct Medal awarded)

Recommendation date: 9 April 1918

FateReturned to Australia 9 March 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during an enemy attack, when in charge of a Lewis gun, under extremely heavy shell and machine gun fire. Owing to the nature of the ground, he mounted his gun on another man's shoulder, and opened fire, inflicting heavy casualties, and, holding up the advance for two hours enabling a withdrawal of troops to a better defensive position. Although wounded twice, he kept in action until seriously wounded. He refused to be moved until every wounded man of his section had been carried away. Subsequently, he had to be left behind, but was rescued some hours later when the battalion retook the position. His courage and determination have invariably been of the highest character.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

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