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William Reginald RAWLINGS

Regimental number3603
Place of birthPurnim, Victoria
SchoolPurnim State School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationHorse breaker
AddressPurnim, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs Bessie Rawlings, Purnim, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date14 March 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll20 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 1 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll29th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Altered from Mention in Despatches.
Recommendation date: 30 July 1918

FateKilled in Action 9 August 1918
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death28
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialHeath Cemetery (Plot I, Row A, Grave No. 19), Harbonnieres, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Bessie RAWLINGS, Purnim, Victoria

Military Medal

'At MORLANCOURT on night 28/29th July 1918. During the attack on enemy system this soldier had the responsible position of first bayonet man in a bombing team which worked down the enemy C.T., routed the enemy established a block in the trenches. Private Rawlings displayed rare bravery in the performance of his duty killing many of the enemy, rushing aside all opposition and cleared the way effectively for the bombers of his team. His irresistible dash and courage set a wonderful example to the remainder of the team.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 36
Date: 14 March 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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