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William WATSON

Regimental number6122
Place of birthOrford Victoria
AddressOrford, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation35
Next of kinWife, Mrs C A Watson, Main Road, Orford, Victoria
Enlistment date14 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, 19th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 1 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 3 September 1919

Military Medal

'For distinguished gallantry and devotion to duty during attack on HINDENBURG LINE near REINCOURT on 11th April 1917. This man who is over 40 years of age was having his first experience under fire and did magnificent work . He went across with his Company in the attack and from 5 o'clock in the morning until late at night he carried wounded from the front line to the dressing station across open country swept by machine gun fire. He tended and dressed the wounded whilst under fire and on two occasions took a stretcher back to the line by himself.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Bar to Military Medal

'During the operations near ZONEBEKE on 26th September, 1917, Private WATSON displayed bravery of a marked degree; for 15 hours he worked continuously as a stretcher bearer. He attended wounded men under extremely heavy machine gun fire and enemy shelling. He was eventually sniped as he was helping out a wounded man from the front line. He had been wounded previously but would not leave his duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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