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William IRWIN

Regimental number3312
Place of birthGeelong, Victoria
Address9 Balliang Street, South Geelong, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 7.5"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFather, William Irwin, 9 Balliang Street, South Geelong, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date5 October 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll16 August 1915
Place of enlistmentGeelong, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit name6th Field Company Engineers
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/25/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 24 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Field Company Engineers
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 22 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 5 April 1919

Military Medal

'For great courage, ability, and devotion to duty when in charge of a Field Company Pack Troop, which was moving stores forward to the vicinity of BROODSEINDE near YPRES on 14th October, 1917. The mule track and dump was heavily shelled by the enemy, but in spite of this and the boggy nature of the country, this N.C.O. persevered and delivered his stores, thus enabling the Infantry to consolidate their position. On previous days he delivered stores under similar conditions, although there were numerous casualties both to men and horses. His example had an excellent effect on his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Discharge date10 July 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: Pte James Robert IRWIN MM, 39th Bn, returned to Australia, 24 January 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Transferred to 4th Divisional Engineers, Moascar, 6 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 2 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 10 June 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 19 August 1916.

Promoted Temporary 2nd Corporal, 7 February 1917; 2nd Corporal, 7 April 1917.Reverted to Lance Corporal at own request, 31 May 1917.

Promoted 2nd Corporal, 24 June 1917; Temporary Corporal, 23 September 1917; reverted to 2nd Corporal, 8 November 1917.

Awarded Military Medal.

On leave to United Kingdom, 6 September 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 22 September 1918.

Embarked for England for return to Australia (1915 personnel), 27 January 1919; marched in to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 29 January 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Devonport on board HT 'Armagh', 5 April 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 18 May 1919; discharged, Melbourne, 10 July 1919.

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

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