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William Henry SAUNDERS

Regimental number3934
Place of birthBrighton South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationMiner
AddressCollie, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinFather, Arthur Saunders, Five Acres, Collie, Western Australia
Enlistment date23 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 12 February 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll3934A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll51st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On night of 24th/25th April, 1918, during a counter-attack by their Battalion on strong enemy position South of VILLERS-BRETONNEUX these men [SAUNDERS, 2762 J. PIANTO, 3057 E. GILMORE, 4901 E.J. STOKES, 309A F.J. COX, 2989 D. SHANKS, 2913 G.L. McKENZIE, 3927 T.A. PORTER] who are Stretcher-bearers, continually under very heavy machine gun and shell fire, and at great personal risk, collected the wounded. Their untiring energy, bravery, and devotion to duty in clearing casualties were undoubtedly instrumental in saving many lives.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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