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William READ

Regimental number431
Date of birth--/06/1890
Place of birthRosewater South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMachinist
AddressKing William Street, Rosewater, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs M F Read, King William Street, Rosewater, South Australia
Enlistment date26 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name27th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 31 May 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll27th Battalion
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: INF27
Promotion date: 31 October 1917

Lieutenant


Unit: INF27
Promotion date: 1 March 1918

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'For conspicuous gallantry in action near Warlencourt, when with great ability he succeeded in pushing forward supplies or bombs, and later in leading bombing attacks.'
Recommendation date: 11 March 1917

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 16 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 3 March 1919
Medals

Military Medal


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 140
Date: 27 August 1917

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and ability. During the operations on 5th October 1918, in the attack on Montbrehain, he was in charge of a company sent forward to reinforce a brigade. With two others he went forward under heavy machine gun fire into Montbrehain, with a view to clearing up the situation, and by skilful sniping accounted for several of the enemy. He then, with a number of the brigade men, established posts on the outer edge of the village, thus making it unnecessary to bring up his company. He did fine work.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 10
Date: 29 January 1920

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death21 October 1943
Age at death53
Place of burialAIF Cemetery, West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia

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