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William Alex MARTIN

Regimental number934
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
Other NamesWilliam Alexander
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCarpenter
AddressMornington, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother, Mrs Charlotte Martin, Mornington, Victoria
Enlistment date6 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit name23rd Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/40/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll23rd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 28 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the operations at HERLEVILLE, East of AMIENS from the 13th to 18th August, 1918, this Transport Driver stands out for conspicuous and fearless devotion to duty. On the night of the 15th August, he was part of a convoy carrying Ammunition and Rations to Front Line. Being held up by heavy Enemy shell fire, whilst the N.C.O. reconnoitred another route, he was heavily shelled, with greatest initiative and resource he led the Convoy through by another route and delivered his supplies to the front line. for several nights he took his limber to the front line, and although experiencing nightly heavy shell fire, it was due to his splendid courage and resource that supplies were always on hand. His work was of greatest value to troops in the front line.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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