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Vernon James WILLIAMS

Regimental number6841
Place of birthQueanbeyan New South Wales
AddressPublic School Amaroo, Orange, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Williams, Public School Amaroo, Orange, New South Wales
Enlistment date1 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, 22nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT SS Port Napier on 17 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 23 July 1919

Military Medal

'At NAUROY on 30th September 1918. for conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. This soldier established an Observation Position on .commanding ground from which to observe the bases of the Battalion attack on the high ground east of the village. The O.P. was seen by the enemy and throughout was continually under Machine Gun fire, but Private WILLIAMS carried on and by --- telephone from the post kept Battalion ---rs. acquainted with all movements of the enemy as well as of our own troops. --- the completion of the operation it was necessary to --- had taken part and to find their exact dispositions. This soldier volunteered to do this through heavy Machine Gun and shell fire he went out brought back the information. Whilst doing this he, in addition, conveyed messages --- Coy. to Coy. Private WILLIAMS showed a total disregard of danger by his devotion to duty was of the utmost --- to his Battalion and also to the Coys. This soldier has at all times performed similar work.' [Parts of the text are missing from the AWM file.]
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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