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William Gourley NICHOLLS

Regimental number2704
Place of birthCampbells Creek New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarm labourer
AddressLong Creek via Mudgee, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinFather, James Nicholls, Long Creek via Mudgee, New South Wales
Enlistment date23 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name55th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/72/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 7 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 23 June 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations at PERONNE on 1st and 2nd September 1918. This man worked continuously as a stretcher bearer for 36 hours, carrying and attending to wounded of several Battalions under very trying circumstances. He displayed great courage in attending to men in No Man's Land and carrying them in under heavy Machine Gun fire. His devotion to duty and disregard of personal danger was the means of many wounded men being brought in. His actions throughout the operation were most marked and his cheerful spirit and careful attention to the wounded helped greatly to alleviate their sufferings.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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