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William Rowley ARCHDALL

Regimental number4177
Place of birthBrisbane Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBank accountant
Addressc/o William Rowley Archdall, Income Tax Office, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Maria Jervis Langdon, The Valley, Sarine Mackay, Queensland
Enlistment date7 June 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll26 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Light Horse Field Ambulance, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/42/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 20 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll49th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'At the CHALT PIT near POZIERES on the night of 21st. August, 1916, L/Cpl ARCHDALL was carrying a patient when a shell hit the squad, killing one and wounding two others, including the patients. Though badly shocked, L/Cpl ARCHDALL obtained assistance and conveyed the patient to safety. He was urged to go off duty then, ut continued his work through the night under heavy fire. He showed great bravery and devotion to duty when he would have been quite justified in discontinuing owing to his won bad condition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 133
Date: 21 August 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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