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William Reginald Fairbairn MACROW

Regimental number708
Place of birthMelbourne Victoria
ReligionBaptist
OccupationClerk
AddressBurgess Street, Auburn, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, William Macrow, 259 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date20 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameDivisional Train, No 3 Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number25/14/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on 19 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Division Train
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: Div 1 Train.
Promotion date: 9 August 1916

FateReturned to Australia 14 January 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty whilst engaged on pack transport work in forward areas during operations. He carried on his work day after day in spite of heavy shelling and most difficult weather conditions and the fact that the ground which he had to cross was at times a sea of mud. On one occasion, when his convoy was caught in an enemy barrage and several casualties were caused, he arranged for the removal of the wounded, reorganized his convoy, and delivered his stores. He proved himself a most capable and fearless leader, and kept his men in fine spirits by his disregard of danger and coolness under fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 137
Date: 20 August 1918

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

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