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Clarence Oscar WILLIAMS

Regimental number1110
Place of birthMelbourne Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMiner
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Williams, Linda Valley, West Coast, Tasmania
Enlistment date16 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, G Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 9 December 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'Is recommended for conspicuous gallantry and brilliant leadership during advance on enemy positions EAST of JEANCOURT on 18th September 1918. Throughout the operation he proved to be a cool and daring leader. In encountering an enemy post in PIEUMEL WOOD offering stubborn resistance, he led his platoon with great dash and succeeded in mopping up the post and capturing the garrison. On reaching the first objective he was invaluable to his Company Commander in assisting to reorganise the Company, in face of direct enemy machine gun fire from a range of 250 yards. At the beginning of the second phase of the advance, by his skilful leadership and courage he outflanked an enemy post overcoming a strong obstacle and enabling the advance to continue. for his magnificent example, determination and initiative he is worthy of recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death14 January 1958
Place of burialCornelian Bay Cemetery

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