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William Henry KATES

Regimental number2867
Place of birthJunee New South Wales
ReligionMethodist
OccupationLocomotive enginedriver
AddressGeorge Street, Junee, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother, Mrs E E Kates c/o Mrs Sismery, George Street, Junee, New South Wales
Enlistment date11 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 2 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Work near Westhoek on 20 September 1917.
Recommendation date: 25 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 20 May 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When during the advance a hostile machine gun opened fire on our men, he rushed forward, engaging the gun at close quarters. Later, observing a machine gun coming into action 100 yards in front, he immediately proceeded across the open and put the gun out of action. His work throughout was splendid.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

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