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William Alexander MARTIN

ReligionBaptist
OccupationActuary
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinFather, James Alex Martin, 407 Dandenong Road, Armadale, Victoria
Enlistment date17 June 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name23rd Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll23rd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


Also recommended for the MC, 9 September 1918.
Recommendation date: 30 July 1918

FateReturned to Australia 18 July 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'On 22nd July 1918, near Villers Bretonneux, an enemy trench close to our lines was causing heavy casualties and endangering the position. This officer, dashing out at the head of his men in the face of heavy fire, quickly entered the trench, killing a large number of the enemy, and capturing five machine guns and several prisoners. His gallantry, coolness, and powers of leadership were most marked.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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