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William Edward ACTON

Regimental number4726
Date of birth2 May 1896
Place of birthGodstone, Surrey, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressCommonwealth Savings Bank, Melbourne, Pass Book No 87246
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, Mr F Acton, Acton Hall, Godstone Surrey, England
Enlistment date23 November 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll23 November 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 January 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'24/25 April at Villers-Bretonneux. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. After the capture of our objective this N.C.O. with his patrol entered a machine gun post in the enemy lines, and remained there till dark, defeating all attempts to recapture the position. He then returned to our lines and brought back a stretcher party and helped to remove the wounded. While doing this he was severely wounded, in spite of which he was able to give most valuable information as to the dispositions of the enemy and to indicate clearly suitable places for Lewis gun positions. Throughout the operations he showed great courage, and his cheerful demeanour was a fine example to all the men of his platoon.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Discharge date30 March 1920
Other details

War service: Western Front

Promoted Sergeant, 9 September 1917. Wounded, 25 September 1917; 25 April 1918.

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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