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William Robert RAYNER

Regimental number1741
Place of birthMaryborough Queensland
AddressWoondooma Street, Bundaberg, West Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinFather, William Rayner, Woondooma Street, Bundaberg, West Queensland
Enlistment date21 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 3 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Quartermaster Sergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll46th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Altered to Military Medal.
Recommendation date: 22 July 1918

Military Medal

Refers March/April 1918

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)

Military Medal

'At DERNANCOURT from March 27th to April 5th. For consistent good work delivering rations to front line under Machine Gun and Artillery fire. On the night of 28th March the horses in limber containing his Company rations were wounded and he assisted the driver to procure fresh horses and took rations forward. he personally supervised the rations being issued and ensured that every man had hot food each night. His work was of a very high order and his energies untiring and his devotion to his men most praiseworthy to his attention, the spirits of the men is largely due.'
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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