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Charles Allen WILLIAMS

Regimental number2700
Place of birthWirrabara Forest, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationGardener
AddressWirrabara, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary, Williams, Wirrabara, South Australia
Enlistment date30 April 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 2 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 11 August 1918
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialHeath Cemetery (Plot VII,Row G, Grave No. 20), Harbonnieres, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
61
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Charles and Mary WILLIAMS
Medals

Military Medal


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Bar to Military Medal

'During the operations at POLYGON WOOD east of YPRES on 19/22nd September, 1917, Sgt. WILLIAMS rendered inestimable service. Throughout the whole action he showed conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. It was he, who, after his platoon commander had been hit, reorganised the platoon and thus enabled it to go forward as an organised body. During the enemy barrage he went about in the open directing the men to dig in and showing stretcher bearers where the wounded lay, all the time being exposed to heavy enemy shell fire and showing an absolute disregard for same.'

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