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William Henry RANN

Regimental number670
Place of birthCasino New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLorry driver
Addressc/o A Rann, Nimbin via Lismore, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMrs Alice Rann, Ninbin via Lismore, New South Wales
Enlistment date23 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, F Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board Transport A5 Omrah on 24 September 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'(Hooge 20 September 1917) Courage and initiative in re-organising and taking temporary charge of platoon, setting fine example.'
Recommendation date: 6 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 8 October 1918

Military Medal

'Near HOOGE, FRANCE on 20th September, 1917, during the operations near GLENCORSE WOOD, Cpl. RANN when his seniors became casualties, reorganised his platoon under severe conditions and moved forward with great dash and initiative keeping the men steady and preventing them getting ahead of the barrage. During the final assault and in the consolidation of the position he displayed coolness and by his personel example kept the morale of the men at a wonderful height, showing at all times a great disregard for danger.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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