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William Charles LUCAS

Regimental number3024
Place of birthWest Perth Western Australia
ReligionChurch of England
Address41 Wellington Street, East Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, William Nathaniel Lucas, 41 Wellington Street, East Perth, Western Australia
Enlistment date12 September 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name51st Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/68/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 9 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll51st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 5 May 1918

FateReturned to Australia 12 July 1919

Military Medal

'On night of 24th/25th April 1918 during a counter-attack by their Battalion on strong enemy positions South of VILLERS-BRETONNEUX, these men [LUCAS, 2742 W.T. McQUADE, 1669 F. JONES] who were Company Runners, repeatedly under very heavy machine gun and shell fire, carried important messages from Companies to Battalion Headquarters, and also did splendid work in keeping touch with units on the flanks. It was largely due to the untiring energy and devotion to duty of these men that Battalion Headquarters was kept informed of the various situations.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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