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William Geo RUTTER

Regimental number1727
Address6 Leicester Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs Catherine Rutter, 6 Leicester Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date10 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 16 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll22nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 18 January 1919

Military Medal

'At WESTHOEK, prior to the attack on 20th September 1917 while his Battalion was holding the line on the Divisional front, he carried out his duties as a telephone linesman in a splendid manner. The wires were constantly being cut by the enemy bombardments in retaliation for our heavy Artillery preparations. This N.C.O. on the night of 18th/19th instant and again on night of 19th/20th instant worked all night under heavy fire mending breaks and re-establishing forward communications. His good work in this direction proved of material assistance to his Commanding Officer in enabling him to keep acquainted with the situation in the front line.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

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