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Richard WILLIAMS

Regimental number244
Place of birthNewcastle New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMiner
AddressNew Lambton Road, New Lambton, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinWife, Mrs Lucy Williams, St James Road, New Lambton, New South Wales
Enlistment date11 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name35th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/52/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on 1 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll35th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 31 March 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For devotion to duty and gallant service during attack on enemy position near MORLANCOURT near ALBERT on night of 5th/6th May, 1918. This N.C.O. was of the greatest assistance to his platoon Commander. He was sent to ascertain the position of the left of his platoon and found a Company without an Officer and in doubt as to its situation in relation to the objective. He alone gave assistance to the N.C.O. in charge, got the troops together and launched them to their final object. Consolidation under his order was immediately proceeded with. He afterwards continued his work with his own platoon. His influence at this particular time was of the greatest value.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death21 May 1934
Place of burialSandgate Cemetery

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