William Arthur SHANNON

Regimental number16751
Place of birthLondon England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBank clerk
AddressWest Leederville, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, Benjamin Shannon, 25 Gregory Street, West Leederville, Western Australia
Enlistment date3 July 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll22 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit nameDivisional Signal Company 4, Reinforcement 9
AWM Embarkation Roll number22/14/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 12 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Divisional Signal Company
FateReturned to Australia 1 June 1919

Military Medal

'For bravery and devotion to duty. These two men [SHANNON and 16751 W.A. SHANNON] were attached to 13th Battalion Headquarters for the purpose of maintaining and repairing lines between that Battalion and Brigade Headquarters at HEBUTERNE North of Albert on 27th and again on 30th March 1918 they were out repairing broken wires at all hours of the day and night regardless of personal risk and the heavy enemy bombardment at those times. During that period they had hardly a wink of sleep. By their action communications were secured and they set a splendid example by their bravery and devotion.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal