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William John WILSON

Regimental number31
Place of birthLondon, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationWaiter
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinSister, Mrs Jinnie Blandford, 59 Clumstock Road, West Side, Clapham Common, London, S W, England
Enlistment date25 September 1914
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1 Australian General Hospital (November 1914)
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board Transport A55 Kyarra on 21 November 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 5 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On September 2nd and 3rd, 1918 in the neighbourhood of PERONNE this N.C.O. in charge of bearer squads evacuating wounded from R.A.P. of the 15th Australian Infantry Brigade displayed the greatest courage in maintaining a steady evacuation and in bringing up supplies to the R.A.Ps. On the night of the 3rd September under heavy machine gun fire and shell fire, he at great personal risk established contact with R.A.Ps thereby avoiding a congestion of wounded. His personal cheerfulness and courage stimulated the bearers under his charge, and he set a splendid example to them all.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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