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George WILLIAMS

Regimental number370
Place of birthPort Melbourne Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
Address212 Bank Street, South Melbourne
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinE Williams, 453 Coventry Street, South Melbourne
Enlistment date13 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 27 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'At MORLANCOURT on night 28/29th July 1918. For bravery and devotion to duty. After his Company had taken their final objective he displayed the greatest constancy and devotion to duty in the performance of his duties as a Company Signaller. When his Company was out of touch with advanced Battalion Headquarters, except by runner, owing to the advance, he laboured for five hours in laying a Line back to Battalion Headquarters, receiving no assistance and having to salve a quantity of the wire used. He carried out his duty under a continuous heavy enemy barrage of shells of all calibre including many 5.9's. On his return to Company headquarters he again set out and with an assistant, repaired the wire leading from his own Company to the Company on the left flank, again working constantly under a heavy barrage, and although wet through and covered in mud from the Saps and Trenches, on his return he immediately took his shift at the telephone. He was the means of establishing and maintaining communication throughout.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 36
Date: 14 March 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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