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William Norman WHITTARD

Regimental number653
Place of birthStanthorpe Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationRailway telegraphist
Addressc/o A W Whittard, Childers, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, A W Witard, Childers, Queensland
Enlistment date19 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 29 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 14 January 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This N.C.O. was in charge of a party of signallers moving forward with the front wave to establish a forward communication post. When held up by a machine gun, he dashed at it alone, shot three and bayoneted two of the enemy, and took five prisoners. On reaching the objective, he personally ran out lines to all companies, under heavy fire, and maintained communication throughout the day by his energy in repairing breaks.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 36
Date: 14 March 1919

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