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William Chas. HARRIS

Regimental number4131
Place of birthMonbulk, Victoria
SchoolTooronga Road and Malvern East Schools, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPlasterer
AddressDunedin House, Balaclava Road, Caulfield, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, Fredk. Joseph Harris, Dunedin House, Balaclava Road, Caulfield, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the Citizen Forces
Enlistment date14 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll22nd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


work at Broodseinde Ridge on 4 October 1917.
Recommendation date: 14 October 1917

FateDied of wounds 22 July 1918
Place of death or woundingVillers-Bretonneux, France
Age at death21
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in continuing to lead his section in an attack though wounded three times. He rushed a hostile blockhouse, silenced the gun, and captured the occupants. He remained at his post in the captured position until wounded again.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Family/military connectionsCousin; Caulfield George Harris, wounded and died.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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