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William Thomas YATES

Date of birth17 March 1885
Place of birthHeytesbury Victoria
AddressNewminster Park, Camperdown, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinFather, Thomas C Yates, Camperdown, Victoria
Enlistment date25 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll25 April 1918
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name8th Battalion, F Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A24 Benalla on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion


Unit: 8th Battalion
Promotion date: 25 October 1916

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

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He commanded a successful attack on an enemy strong point, and personally conducted the consolidation of the captured post. Later, under intense shell fire, he displayed the utmost gallantry and coolness in encouraging his men, and showing a fine disregard for personal safety.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Other detailsMedals: Distinguished Service Order, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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