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William Patrick RYALL

Regimental number3121
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressSubiaco, Market Street, Randwick, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinW.B. Ryall, Subiaco Market Street, Randwick, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date29 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll18 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on 8 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in connection with a raid on the enemy defences North East of SAILLEY-le-SEC, South West of ALBERT, on 4th July 1918. Sergeant RYALL, as a signal N.C.O., was in charge of signal relay station before and during the operation. Throughout the night the vicinity of the station was subjected to very heavy shell fire, and this N.C.O.'s section was reduced by casualties. He worked all night, disregarding the enemy's fire, maintaining communications, which largely contributed to the success of the operation. Several times he went out alone, mending breaks in telephone lines almost as quickly as the bursting shells made them. One shell destroyed the station, and seriously wounded the operator on duty. Sergeant RYALL, realising the importance of communications at such a time, continued his work despite great risk, until the important lines were again connected. His daring and devotion to duty were an inspiration to those under his command.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

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

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