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William HEASLOP

Regimental number7347
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationMiner
AddressCooktown, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinMother, Mrs J Heaslop, Charlotte Street, Cooktown, Queensland
Enlistment date21 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 24th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A33 Ayrshire on 24 January 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 September 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'At VILLERET on the 18th September, 1918, Private HEASLOP, in company with No. 7039 Private C. NOFFEKE and No. 6120 Private D. STEWART, acted as Scouts, and came under heavy fire from two machine guns and a party of enemy, twenty five to thirty strong. These three scouts showing great boldness and initiative, worked round the right flank of the party, and prevented them from entering QUARRY WOOD, the most likely place of retreat, They then closed with them, succeeding in killing and wounding several. The remainder (three N.C.O.s and fifteen men) with two machine guns surrendered. By this courageous act, it enabled the post to go forward without interference and establish itself on the Western edge of QUARRY WOOD.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 2645 Pte Alexander HEASLOP, Imperial Camel Corps, died of disease, 1 July 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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