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William John HARRISON

Regimental number2642
Place of birthCairns Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressKillaloe, via Port Douglas, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinThomas Harrison, Killaloe, via Port Douglas, Queensland
Enlistment date8 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit name4th Light Horse Field Ambulance
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from on board HMAT A30 Borda on 16 June 1915
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Field Company Engineers
FateReturned to Australia 6 January 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'At Flaucourt on 31 August 1918 this N.C.O. was in charge of transport which was suddenly shelled heavily. Three drivers were wounded and horses killed; he himself was wounded. Nevertheless, with great courage and encurance he helped the other wounded to a place of safety, and then returned and organized the work of clearing the wreckage until he was wounded severely a second time. He set a fine example of devotion to duty under very trying conditions, and his action prevented a serious block in the traffic, which would have led to further casualties.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Other detailsMedals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death7 November 1969
Age at death75
Place of burialCairns Cemetery, Queensland

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