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William Henry ORCHARD

Date of birth9 August 1888
Place of birthGeelong, Victoria
SchoolGeelong Grammar School
AddressMoorabool Street, Geelong, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinWife, Mrs Henrietta J Orchard, c/o Mr James Galbraith, Geelong, Victoria
Enlistment date26 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name38th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/55/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 20 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll38th Battalion


Unit: 38th Battalion
Promotion date: 14 April 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

Recommendation date: 20 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 28 February 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Owing to his officers being killed or wounded early in the fight, he found himself in command of the assaulting troops. He carried out his task and re-organised in a very efficient manner. His energy and cheerfulness under depressing circumstances were an incentive to all.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 150
Date: 24 September 1918

Discharge date30 June 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal Wounded 2 December 1916; wounded (second occasion) 8 August 1918.
Date of death22 July 1965
Place of burialEast Geelong Cemetery, Victoria

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