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William Leith BLAW

Regimental number1194
OccupationQuarter binder
AddressDaisybank, Whiting Street, Gore Hill, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMother, Mrs D Blaw, Daisybank, Whiting Street, Gore Hill, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date1 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameLight Trench Mortar Battery, Reinforcement 2
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/130/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 7 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Work near Lihons on 16 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 26 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 1 August 1919

Military Medal

'On the morning 16th August 1918, near LIHONS, Lance Corporal BLAW, who was in charge of the Battalion Scouts, displayed unexampled energy, fearlessness and resource as patrol leader. At the time the enemy dispositions were uncertain, but BLAW repeatedly led patrols forward, established contact with the enemy right along out front and brought back such accurate reports of the maze of trenches in front that the Battalion was enabled to advance another 500 yards without a casualty. BLAW was an inspiring example to his men, and his skill in reconnaissance was only equalled by his bravery.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 75
Date: 17 June 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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