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William BAXTER

Regimental number2289
Place of birthNewcastle, New South Wales
ReligionMethodist
OccupationHairdresser
AddressBoulder, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 6"
Next of kinMother, Mrs Nellie Baxter, 107 Richardson Street, Boulder, Western Australia
Previous military service84th Infantry
Enlistment date1 May 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll9 May 1916
Place of enlistmentKalgoorlie, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name44th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/61/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A39 Port Macquarie on 13 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll44th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 28 May 1918

FateReturned to Australia 23 December 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry in action and devotion to duty. On the night 23rd/24th May, 1918, east of VILLERS BRETONNEUX, this soldier was in charge of an outpost group of four men, 200 yards in front of our front line. When an enemy patrol advanced towards our line he skilfully handled his section and succeeded in killing one of the enemy and capturing one live prisoner. By his prompt action in an isolated post this soldier is indeed deserving of commendation. He secured identification and prevented the enemy from ascertaining the disposition of troops in this new line, although the post which this soldier held had been heavily shelled all day, he kept his men under cover and on the lookout the whole time, and then frustrated the attempt of the enemy to reconnoitre the position. Seldom has a private soldier behaved so admirably under such strenuous conditions. He set a fine example of leadership and disregard of personal safety, in his devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Discharge date19 March 1920
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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