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William LANG

Regimental number145
Place of birthBlackwood England
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressDoveton Street, Ballarat, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMrs M Lang, Doveton Street, Ballarat, Victoria
Enlistment date19 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit name2nd Field Ambulance
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/45/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Field Ambulance
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'(E. of Ypres) Great gallantry and devotion to duty under fire while in charge of Horse Ambulance Wagon.'
Recommendation date: 11 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 23 October 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty while in charge of a Horse Ambulance Wagon at BELLEVARDE RIDGE, near YPRES, on 6th October 1917. When returning to BIRR CROSS ROADS with a load of wounded, a large shell landed on the wooden road just ahead of the team, and rendered the road impassable. Leaving his horses in charge of the orderly, he immediately set to work under heavy shell fire to rebuild the road, and after working for over half an hour he managed to make the road passable, and thus was enabled to evacuate his load of wounded. He displayed the greatest gallantry while on duty under shell fire, and although subjected to many difficulties and dangers, he managed by hard work and devotion to duty, to maintain this link in the line of evacuation of wounded of this Division.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

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