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William Henry WILLS

Regimental number3908
Place of birthDerby, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
AddressCygnet, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, T C Wills, Cygnet, Tasmania
Enlistment date19 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT RMS Orontes on 24 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Field Company Engineers
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).

FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1919

Military Medal

'On 26th September, 1917, near ZONNEBEKE when in charge of a party laying a tape track from the Brigade Headquarters to the front line on the left Sector, this N.C.O., although under heavy shell and machine gun fire, located the track with judgement and speed. His coolness and determination set a splendid example to his men under very exposed conditions, and the thoroughness of his work enabled many runners and stretcher bearers to find the shortest route to safety, thereby avoiding casualties.'

Family/military connectionsBrother: 52377 Pte Cyril Claude WILLS, 4th Motor Transport Company, effective abroad.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death26 July 1968
Place of burialCremated: ashes scattered at family property, Nicholls Rivulet, Tasmania

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