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William LEHANE

Regimental number2636
Place of birthPort Douglas, Queensland
SchoolMaruba State School, Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationMiner
Addressc/o Miss K Lehane, Elizabeth Street, Ipswich, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinSister, Miss Kate Lehane, Elizabeth Street, Ipswich, Queensland
Enlistment date1 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 16 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Work near Corbie on the 12th/13th August 1918.
Recommendation date: Date not specified

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Work near Etinehem on 12th/13th August 1918.
Recommendation date: 17 August 1918

Military Medal


Work near Morcourt on 8 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 17 August 1918

FateDied of wounds 18 September 1918
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death25
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialBrie British Cemetery (Plot I, Row A, Grave No. 4), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
176
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Cornelius and Hanorah LEHANE. Native of Port Douglas, Mareeba, Queensland
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry near Etinchem on night of 12th-13th August, 1918, when in charge of two guns sent forward with the infantry. After disposing his guns for the defence of the new position he reconnoitred the surrounding area and came on a party of the enemy, whom he fired on with his revolver. On their bolting into a dug out he stood over the mouth and called on them to surrender. They did so to the number of sixty, and with the help of two other men he marched them to an infantry post, and then returned to his guns. He showed great courage and initiative.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Military Medal


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

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