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William George MARTIN

Regimental number290
Place of birthBrisbane Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationElectrical fitter
AddressCapeton, via Inverell, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, H E Martin, Capeton, via Inverell, New South Wales
Enlistment date18 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Battalion, E Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/21/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A14 Euripides on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Ordnance Corps
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 6 August 1915

FateReturned to Australia 23 October 1918

Military Medal

'During the attack of the Turks on 19th May 1915 this man took a Machine Gun from its tripod and laying it on the parapet brought a heavy fire to bear on the enemy and caused them such heavy losses that this part of their attack was driven back to their trenches. Again at Lonesome Pine on 6th August 1915 MARTIN mounted his gun on the parados and until wounded brought heavy enfilade fire straight into a Communication trench along which Turkish reinforcements were pouring.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

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