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William Duffey CALLAWAY

Regimental number593
Place of birthHay New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address195 Merian Street, Leichhardt, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, William Callaway, 195 Merian Street, Leichhardt, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date9 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 14, Reinforcement 10
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/19/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Osterley on 14 February 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 25 September 1919

Meritorious Service Medal

'On 8th June 1918, while on a bathing parade at AMIENS, No. 3332 Private H.R. WEBBER, 32nd Battalion, A.I.F. got into difficulty and sank. Immediately on hearing the alarm Private CALLAWAY came on the scene and displayed magnificent bravery and gallantry by making repeated efforts to save Private WEBBER's life. Notwithstanding great personal risk, owing to depth of water and nature of bottom, Private CALLAWAY dived a number of times for the drowning man and finally attached a rope to his waist. Rising to the surface he had time only to call "pull" before he collapsed owing to exhaustion. Private CALLAWAY in turn was pulled to the bank and after considerable time was resuscitated by means of artificial respiration. His splendid conduct was admired by all who were witneses of the scene and his repeated efforts to save Private WEBBER set a fine example of heroism which deserves special recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Meritorious Service Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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