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William Thomas OSHYER

Regimental number2434
Place of birthCharters Towers Queensland
AddressCharters Towers, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Peter Oshyer, South Street, Charters Towers, Queensland
Enlistment date5 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 20 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Great gallantry and devotion to duty as Brigade Bomber, also valuable services as guide.'
Recommendation date: 7 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 1 May 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Queensland Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'During operations east of YPRES, 20/22nd September, 1917, Pte. OSHYER as Brigade Bomber rendered most valuable assistance and showed great gallantry and devotion to duty. His work entailed the distribution at the forward Brigade Main Dump and his coolness under very heavy artillery fire was at all times of a most exemplary nature. He was sent forward six days prior to the operations to prepare the dumps and the manner in which he carried out his duties is most praiseworthy. He frequently acted as guide to carrying parties, which necessitated passing through very heavy enemy barrages, and by his cool initiative and utter disregard for danger he successfully conducted them to their destination.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Date of death1 April 1956

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