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Evan Vincent WILLIAMS

Regimental number6858
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationGrocer
AddressCentral Street, Mount Morgan, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, 0 Williams, Central Street, Mount Morgan, Queensland
Enlistment date9 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 22nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 17 November 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll6856
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 1 July 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the attack on enemy positions EAST of JEANCOURT on 18th September 1918. He was one of a section consisting of One N.C.O., and 8 Other Ranks which rushed an enemy post and captured its garrison consisting of 45 men and 3 Machine Guns. In dashing at this post under deadly hostile fire, four of his section were killed and three fell wounded. The Section Commander and himself eventually succeeded in capturing the position, but upon prisoners seeing they were only two in number, a German N.C.O., shot his Section Commander and killed him. Private Williams immediately shot the German N.C.O., and held the remainder until further assistance reached him. Throughout the advance he was continually noticed for his pluck and dash. His bravery in this action inspired his comrades and is worthy of an award.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 4619 Pte Norman Gladstone WILLIAMS, 4th Machine Gun Bn, commenced return to Australia, 21 July 1918; committed suicide at sea 'while of unsound mind due to head wound'.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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