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William August NELSON

Regimental number6707
Place of birthCollingwood Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressYerapin via Kellerberrin, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs Sophia Nelson, Yerapin via Kellerberrin, Western Australia
Enlistment date31 July 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll3 July 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 22nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 9 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: 5 July 1918

FateKilled in Action 8 August 1918
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialHeath Cemetery (Plot II, Row H, Grave No. 19), Harbonnieres, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Gustav and Sophia NELSON, 14 Louisa Street, South Fremantle, Western Australia

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in an attack. During the advance he led a rush against an enemy machine gun post, capturing the gun, killing two of the crew, and taking the rest prisoners. Later, he pushed his men, some way forward in the direction of the enemy to provide covering fire for the battalion. Throughout he showed great determination and initiative.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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