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William Vincent McClanchie ROODS

Regimental number2847
Place of birthWalgett New South Wales
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationBushman
AddressBeechwood via Wauchope, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinFather, Thomas Oliver Roods, Bellangry via Wauchope, New South Wales
Enlistment date17 October 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll7 November 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name34th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/51/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 25 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll34th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 June 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty during operations 29th September to 2nd October, 1918. This man was acting as stretcher bearer and on 29th September was continually engaged carrying out wounded under very heavy artillery and machine gun fire to the R.A.P. a distance of 1000 yards over open country. During the night 29th/30th September he volunteered to go forward and collect wounded Americans in front of their position. The ground was very heavy and several belts of barbed wire had to be crossed, but he worked all night and carried in 13 cases in all disregardful of the shelling and machine gun fire. He ceased only when ordered to by the Medical Officer. His bravery and self-sacrifice was an admirable example of devotion to duty, and has greatly inspired his comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death15 July 1969

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