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William Alexander Rudolph MENZ

Regimental number728
Place of birthHepburn Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressHepburn Springs via Daylesford, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, W Menz, Hepburn Springs via Daylesford, Victoria
Enlistment date25 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, F Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Pioneer Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 25 January 1919

Military Medal

'At POZIERES, FRANCE, 19/26th. July 1916, Pte. MENZ acted as a signaller and runner. He displayed exceptional courage and ability, repeatedly taking messages to all parts of the field frequently through heavy fire. On one occasion the enemy barrage fire on POZIERES practically isolated a working party at the CEMETERY but he got through with orders and information, being severely wounded on the return journey, in spite of this he brought back his message to Battalion Headquarters.'
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 Mesdal, victory Medal

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