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William Watson MILLIGAN

Regimental number4840
Place of birthLangholm Scotland
Addressc/o Soldiers' Club, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Next of kinMother, Mrs. C. Milligan, Dumfries, Scotland
Enlistment date17 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/21/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 8 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Pay Corps
FateReturned to Australia 28 August 1919

Military Medal

'During the operations in the vicinity of PERONNE on the 1st and 2nd September, 1918, although his gun team was practically wiped out, this N.C.O. By his coolness, courage and initiative, pushed forward over heavily shelled ground, and was practically the first Machine Gunner to come into action on the left of PERONNE, on the retreating enemy. His act must have materially assisted the advance of the Infantry, and his conduct will leave a lasting impression on his comrades, as fraught with the utmost daring and coolness.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death27 November 1957
Place of burialSpringvale Cemetery

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