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William McGILVRAY

Regimental number3521
Place of birthGeraldton Western Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Address5 Essex Street, Fremantle, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs R McGilvray, Chapman Road, Geraldton, Western Australia
Enlistment date9 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on 1 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'This man was the personal runner attached to the Officer Commanding C. Company. When this Officer was seriously wounded he brought him in from the portion assaulted, and having got him into a place of safety, returned to his Company with which he remained until they were drawn back to our lines. Thereafter he acted as a runner and showed great bravery in carrying messages over ground knee deep in mud, and under heavy fire. Period, 29th/30th August, 1916, north of POZIERES.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

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