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William RYAN

Regimental number2432
Place of birthNaringal Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressNaringal PO, Naringal, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Ryan, Naringal PO, Naringal, Victoria
Enlistment date14 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Light Horse Regiment, 17th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/13/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A6 Clan Maccorquodale on 6 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 19 October 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When carrying a message under very heavy machine gun fire to an outlying post he had one eye shot out and was otherwise severely wounded. Nevertheless, he kept on with indomitable endurance until he reached the post and delivered clearly and correctly the verbal message with which he was charged. He refused to be assisted to return, as he did not wish to weaken the post at a critical time, but made his way back alone. His behaviour was a fine example of unflinching courage, and on many occasions during a period of severe strain his conduct has been most inspiring to those about him.'.
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

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