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William Urban SHEEDY

Regimental number361
Place of birthWaratah Tasmania
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationOrchard labourer
Addressc/o C Sheedy, Spreyton, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, C Sheedy, Spreyton, Tasmania
Enlistment date22 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Hobart, Tasmania, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Sergeant Major
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 18 May 1918
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialEbblinghem Military Cemetery (Plot II, Row B, Grave No. 29), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Christopher and Annie SHEEDY, "Killarney", Spreyton, Tasmania. Native of Waratah, Tasmania

Military Medal

'At POZIERES, FRANCE, on 21st. August 1916, A/C.S.M. SHEEDY successfully led a bombing party against enemy strong post in O.G.1 during attack by 12th Battalion. He was repeatedly knocked down by enemy percussion bombs but with great determination stuck to his work and by his courage and example his party captured this position although they were driven back by the enemy several times. This was a very important post as it was in line with our advanced line and that flank was unprotected.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

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