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William Henry HARRIS

Regimental number3172
Place of birthHoward Queensland
OccupationSchool teacher
AddressBrisbane, Queensland
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinWife, Mrs Bessie Florence Harris, Mountain View, Musgrave Road, Red Hill, Brisbane, Queensland
Enlistment date24 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name52nd Battalion 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/69/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 23 December 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll3172A
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll41st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 12 April 1918

FateReturned to Australia 6 May 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry at DERNANCOURT South West of ALBERT on 5th April 1918. during a heavy attack in massed formation by the enemy, after heavy artillery preparation, this N.C.O. by his excellent leadership and splendid courage commanded his platoon with judgment and skill, reformed the broken ranks and inflicted very heavy casualties on the advancing enemy. He was wounded, but remained at his post controlling his riflemen and directing their fire. After the action he assisted in tending and removing the wounded under fire and only left the line for treatment himself when ordered to do so by an Officer.'

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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