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William Douglas BOOTH

Regimental number365
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMotor driver
AddressBaraba, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, E Booth, East Milton, New South Wales
Enlistment date4 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name33rd Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/50/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A74 Marathon on 4 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll33rd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Work near Bray on 22 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 9 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 22 September 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations near BRAY on 22nd August, 21918. Lance Corporal BOOTH was a No. 1 Lewis gunner. During the advance the right flank of his Company was held up by an enemy machine gun. Acting on his own initiative, this N.C.O. rushed the enemy post and, firing his lewis gun from the hip, he captured the machine gun and crew. Throughout he did most excellent work, particularly during the enemy counter attack. His prompt and accurate fire inflicted severe casualties on the enemy. He displayed splendid initiative and the greatest daring at all times.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death28 January 1976
Age at death82
Place of burialCremated: ashes interred at Guyra Cemetery, New South Wales.

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