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William Neil CHRISTIE

Regimental number3736
Place of birthHolbrook New South Wales
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
AddressHolbrook, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, Charles Christie, Boulder Street, Holbrook, Culcairn, New South Wales
Previous military service44th Infantry
Enlistment date20 August 1917
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll15 August 1917
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name55th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/72/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 31 October 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 4 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 15 January 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations at PERONNE on 1st and 2nd September 1918. This man showed remarkable courage and coolness under the most trying circumstances. An attacking party were held up by heavy enemy Machine Gun fire, and this man with a Lewis Gun went forward with all disregard for his own personal safety and got his gun into a position where he could obtain effective fire and succeeded in silencing an enemy Machine Gun and allow the advance to continue. he remained in front until ordered to return by his Company Commander. His coolness and daring throughout are worthy of the highest praise.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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