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William HAWKE

Regimental number1720
Other NamesWilliam John
OccupationMilk factory employee (pasteurizer)
AddressThe La Mellyn Farm, Par Station, Cornwall, England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, Mr William Hawke, The La Mellyn Farm, Par Station, Cornwall, England
Enlistment date16 May 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll16 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A61 Kanowna on 19 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll20th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 9 December 1918

Military Medal

'At HANEBEKE WOOD on 20th September 1917 this man during the first advance volunteered to assist the only stretcher bearer left in the Company to carry back a badly wounded man to the R.A.P. afterwards reporting back to his company. Throughout the remainder of the day, owing to heavy casualties amongst Company runners, he performed the duty of runner, showing absolute disregard for personal safety.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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