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William Alfred SKONE

Regimental number16635
Place of birthPembroke England
ReligionChurch of England
AddressLeichhardt, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation41
Next of kinWife, Mrs Margaret Skone, 'Barowra,' Lavender Bay Steps, Lavender Bay, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date22 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit nameDecember 1916 Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/42/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 2 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Field Company Engineers
FateReturned to Australia 4 December 1918

Military Medal

'During the operations south of PASSCHENDAELE on 26th October 1917, this N.C.O. was in charge of part of the construction of an important strong point in the most advanced point of the final objective. To reach the site the parties had to pass through heavy enemy barrage fire over almost impassible country. Lance Corporal SKONE safely conducted his party through this, right up to the site and got his men to work. During the whole operation he displayed the most striking courage, ability, and devotion to duty and set an admirable example to all around him. When his officer was very seriously wounded SKONE immediately volunteered to help carry him back three miles through barrage fire and over country made almost impassible by mud. At the commencement of the work he volunteered and marked out the post with his officer.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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