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William Frederick Trethowan CAMERON

Regimental number1730
Place of birthOrbost, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationBoundary rider
AddressMarlo, via Orbost, Gippsland, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, Duncan Cameron, Marlo, via Orbost, Gippsland, Victoria
Enlistment date10 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll10 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name38th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/55/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 20 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 10 June 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during recent operations on 30th August - 5th September 1918. This soldier was acting as a driver in the Battalion Transport showed devotion and total disregard of personal safety. On the night of 2nd September 1918 the roads to PERONNE were being heavily shelled and point to which this soldier was taking battalion rations was heavily shelled, despite this he persevered in bringing his team and limber across most difficult country and finally reached ration point. Whilst carrying out his duty he was suffering from effects of gas and concussion of high explosive shells. His coolness throughout was most exemplary.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death4 October 1968

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