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William Thomas NEEDS

Regimental number47
Place of birthKempsey, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationSchool teacher
AddressHawkesbury College, Richmond, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinJames Needs, Oxley Island, Taree, New South Wales
Enlistment date24 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit name1st Light Horse Field Ambulance, A Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/39/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A27 Southern on 23 September 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 2 January 1919
Miscellaneous information from
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Parents: James and Sarah NEEDS

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When in charge of the battery whilst in action this officer rushed immediately to ne of the gun pits, which had been set on fire, and in which ammunition was exploding. With assistance he succeeded in putting out the fire at great personal risk, though heavily bombarded by enemy shells at the time, thus saving several hundred rounds of ammunition. He set a splendid example to the men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death12 July 1933
Age at death41
Place of burialNorthern Suburbs Cemetery, New South Wales

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