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William Robert Creen McNAUGHT

Date of birth9 September 1884
ReligionChurch of England
Address49 Davis Avenue, South Yarra, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinWife, Mrs J M McNaught, 49 Davis Avenue, South Yarra, Victoria
Previous military service22nd Battery Australian Field Artillery
Enlistment date3 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 8, Battery 32
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/36/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 20 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Field Artillery Brigade


Unit: 4th Division artillery
Promotion date: 1 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 23 September 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Noted William Robert NR

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. His battery came under heavy fire and several fires were started, and an ammunition dump was set alight. Regardless of the shell fire and the danger of an explosion he rushed to the spot, and with a few others, worked until all the fires were extinguished. He set a magnificent example of soliderly conduct to all ranks, and saved a gun and 1,000 rounds of ammunition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 120
Date: 7 August 1918

Bar to Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during an attack. While his battery was under close range and direct enfilade fire he safely extricated his guns, and by his fine example of cool courage and judgment inspired and asisted his men throughout a critical period. Thanks to his efforts the battery changed its position with comparatively few casualties.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross and Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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