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William PINKERTON

Regimental number3981
Place of birthMelbourne Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationGrocer
AddressCommercial Road, Prahran, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, A G Pinkerton, Commercial Road, Prahran, Victoria
Enlistment date24 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 23 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Medical Corps
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'Valuable services at Pozi?eres.'
Recommendation date: 8 September 1916

Military Medal (altered from Distinguished Conduct Medal)


'Conspicuous devotion to duty and disregard of danger as linesman, in repairing communications East of Ypres on 20 September 1917.'
Recommendation date: 27 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 31 March 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the operations east of YPRES on 20th September 1917, Pte. PINKERTON who is a linesman on the Battalion Signalling Section did exceptionally good work repairing lines. The unfailing devotion to duty, the immediate response to the lightest order, the absolute disregard of self which this man displayed, earnt the admiration of all who saw him at work. Many times he had to go forward to repair breaks and one occasion was out for two hours whilst our barrage was answering an S.O.S. signal.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

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