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William Melville REID

Regimental number1622
Date of birth--/01/1893
Place of birthMarkinch Scotland
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinWife, Mrs W M Reid c/o H Ross, Siding, 640 Barrabupp, Western Australia
Enlistment date5 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A50 Itonus on 22 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Pioneer Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: 4 Pioneer Btn
Promotion date: 8 March 1917


Unit: 4 Pioneer Btn
Promotion date: 18 June 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 30706 (28 May 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 165 (24 October 1918).

FateReturned to Australia 18 July 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in charge of a party on tunnel construction. When the hostile attack developed, he promptly disposed of his men to the best advantage, and it was mainly through his valuable assistance that a portion of the line was held intact. Throughout the atack he displayed the greatest courage and coolness under intense enfilading rifle and machine gun fire, moving about, regardless of danger, and encouraging and directing the fire of his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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