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William Charles SCURRY

Regimental number2668
Date of birth30 October 1895
Place of birthCarlton, Victoria
SchoolAscot Vale State School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Address70 Middle Street, Ascot Vale, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, W C Scurry, 70 Middle Street, Ascot Vale, Victoria
Enlistment date19 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 26 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', fourth Supplement, No. 29664, 11 July 1916; 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 176, 30 November 1916.

Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)No details of fate recorded on Nominal Roll.

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous ability and good work, especially in regard to a device for firing rifle automatically.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 129
Date: 21 September 1916

Military Cross

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103
Date: 29 June 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Awarded the DCM for inventing (with 2863 Pte Alfred Hughes LAWRENCE, 7th Bn) the self-firing rifle device that was used to deceive the Turkish forces while the avacuation of Australian forces took place at Gallipoli, December 1915. Severely wounded in September 1916, sustaining eye injuries that considerably reduced his vision.

After the war he was an orchardist in Silvan, Victoria, for some years.

Date of death28 December 1963
Age at death68
Place of burialLilydale Cemetery, Victoria

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