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Regimental number299
Place of birthAlbury New South Wales
Address13 Fergie Street, North Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinWilliam McFerran, 13 Fergie Street, North Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date6 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentQuartermaster Sergaent
Unit name29th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Meritorious Service Medal

Recommendation date: 20 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 5 July 1919

Military Medal

'During WYTSCHAETE Operations in March 1918 this N.C.O. personally salved large quantities of ammunition and other material, and at all times kept his Company regularly supplied with hot meals in the front line, personally superintending their delivery. At SAILEY-le-SEC whilst his Company were in the line in April and May he established baths in the village which enabled the whole of the Company to have a hot bath and a clean change of clothing. These baths were afterwards used for the whole of the Battalion under the supervision of this N.C.O. and during the whole time the village was under heavy shell fire. At VAUVILLERS on 9th August 1918 he salved large quantities of all kinds of material including a large quantity of ammunition. This N.C.O. has been with the Company and Battalion since the inception and has at all times placed the welfare of the men before his own comfort and safety and has never failed to get hot meals to the front line.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 36
Date: 14 March 1919

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

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