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William John LAMBDEN

Regimental number588
Place of birthMoorabbin Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationIronmoulder
AddressWickham Road, East Moorabbin, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, Mr Lambden, Wickham Road, East Moorabbin, Victoria
Enlistment date10 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll13 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit name29th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: 29th Battalion
Promotion date: 29 September 1917

Lieutenant


Unit: 32nd Battalion
Promotion date: 11 January 1918

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


Recommendation date: Refers 28-29 July 1918.

FateReturned to Australia 28 March 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and good leadership. He captured an enemy strong point with its garrison and a machine gun, thus permitting our advance to proceed. He led his men with great dash. Later on, he took command of the company when the commander was a casualty, and directed the operations until a senior officer appeared. His dash and determination greatly inspired his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 6117 Sapper Harold Theodore LAMBDEN, 2nd Tunnelling Company, returned to Australia, 7 July 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

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

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