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William Arthur Wellesley MAXWELL

Regimental number18500
Place of birthTamworth New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMotor mechanic
AddressClermont Park, Somerset, Tamworth, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs I E Lawson, Clermont Park, Somerset, Tamworth, New South Wales
Enlistment date11 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 7, Battery 25
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/35/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 11 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Work at Hamel on 7 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 17 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 9 July 1919

Military Medal

'On 7th August, 1918, at HAMEL, the Battery was shelled with 5.9's. No. 1 pit was set on fire. Fitter Sergeant MAXWELL immediately went to the pit whilst shells were still falling and put out the fire, thus saving the gun and ammunition. On the 8th August, 1918, and while the Battery was in action on the 9th August, 1918, at HAMILTON WOOD, this N.C.O. was responsible for keeping the six guns in action under very adverse circumstances. His untiring energy was beyond praise. Fitter Sergeant MAXWELL, has shown on all occasions utter disregard for danger in the pursuance of his duties.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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