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William Roberts WADSWORTH

Date of birth17 July 1892
OccupationMechanical draftsman
AddressCastlemaine, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, William Wadsworth, Gaol Hill, Castlemaine, Victoria
Enlistment dateNO ENTRY
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name14th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 27 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion


Unit: 14th Battalion
Promotion date: 12 March 1916

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31448 (11 July 1919); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 124 (30 October 1919).

FateReturned to Australia 12 May 1919

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry and valuable service near Ascension Wood, north of St. Quentin, on 18th September, 1918. He led his compay with the greatest dash until the whole battalion was held up by the intense machine gun fire on the wire of the Hindenburg outpost line. At this stage he took charge of the battalion and displayed great tactical skill in manoeuvring the men to take the position on a flank. He constantly moved up and down the line supervising the action of the companies, and showed a complete disregard for his own personal safety. having successfully reorganised the battalion, he, by a series of skilfully planed bombing attacks, succeeded in carrying the enemy line on a frontage of 1,400 yards.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 129
Date: 20 November 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He gallantly led his company forward in the face of very heavy fire and captured the first and second objectives. He set a splendid example throughout.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, Distinguished Service Order, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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