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William Joscelyn WASTELL

Regimental number8052
Place of birthKalgoorlie Western Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationClerk
AddressWest Leederville, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, A W Wastell, 45 Coppin Street, East Malvern, Victoria
Enlistment date2 March 1917
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, 27th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 30 October 1917
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 4 July 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On August 11th 1918, during our attack on the BLUE LINE, whilst one of the platoons of our left company was engaged in mopping up along the trench, the N.C.O. leading the party was killed and, owing to the enemy's stubborn resistance, our party was held up. Realising the danger of the position Private WASTELL prompty ran to the head of the bombing team and led the platoon for over three hundred yards, completely dislodging the enemy from that section of the trench and inflicting heavy casualties upon them. His initiative, courage and splendid example at a critical time were undoubtedly responsible for the success of this part of the operation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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