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William Henry RUTHERFORD

Regimental number2635
Place of birthGlen Huntly Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationCarpenter
AddressGlen Huntly, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, C H Rutherford, 6 Tennyson Street, East Malvern, Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date20 May 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board SS Makarini on 15 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 24 January 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near Hebuterue from 28th March to 6th April 1918. this man rendered most, valuable service in maintaining communication under heavy enemy fire of all descriptions day and night, they continually patrolled the wires and mended the breaks under heavy shell fire in the village and exposed to enemy snipers and machine guns forward of the village. On no occasion did he fail in his task and it was largely due to his tireless energy and complete disregard for danger that the forward and lateral lines from Battalion Headquarters were so excellently maintained.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 1
Date: 2 January 1919

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

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