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William McCarthy BRAITHWAITE

Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
SchoolMelbourne Grammar School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressHigh Street, Preston, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, Colonel William Braithwaite, High Street, Preston, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in School Cadets, Melbourne, Victoria.
Enlistment date26 July 1916
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name22nd Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 2 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll22nd Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted as a Private, left Australia on 2 October 1916 as a 2nd Lieutenant, and joined the 22nd Bn in France in December 1916. Was twice wounded in action, and was awarded the Military Cross at Bullecourt in May 1917. He was killed while as a Captain commanding "C" Company of the 22nd Bn in the battalion's last action at Beaurevoir, leading his men in an attack on a German machine gun manned by a German officer who was himself also killed.
FateKilled in Action 3 October 1918
Place of death or woundingBeaurevoir, France
Age at death25.11
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialProspect Hill Cemetery (Plot IV, Row D, Grave No. 17), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Louisa BRAITHWAITE, High Street, Preston, Victoria

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Having led his men into the enemy trenches, he persevered with the work of consolidating the position and leading bombing parties against the enemy strong posts. He was twice wounded.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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