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William Claude RACHINGER

Regimental number17459
Place of birthDaylesford Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressDaylesford, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, William Rachinger, Stanbridge Street, Daylesford, Victoria
Previous military service49th Infantry
Enlistment date27 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name
AWM Embarkation Roll number22/13/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 11 May 1917
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Divisional Signal Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 27 April 1918

FateReturned to Australia 18 December 1918

Military Medal

'For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty on 24th April, 1918, in and about the village of HEILLY, when the village and vicinity were subjected to very heavy shell fire and all the lines cut, Sapper RACHINGER repaired the lines and restored communication between Division and Brigade Headquarters in HEILLY. In the village the main route of lines was cut in fourteen places, these were repaired by Sapper RACHINGER and he patrolled the route all day in spite of heavy shell fire, and by his skill and determination kept the Brigade in touch with the Divisional Headquarters.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 1
Date: 2 January 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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