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William James CROTHERS

Regimental number6022
Place of birthDerby Tasmania
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFarm hand
AddressDerby, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, Mr J Crothers, Winnaleah, Tasmania
Enlistment date27 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 19th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Hobart, Tasmania, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 8 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Work at Lihons on 11 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 19 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 14 December 1918

Military Medal

'During the attack on LIHONS on August 11th 1918 Private CROTHERS as Company runner rendered invaluable service in carrying messages. Throughout the operation he frequently had to pass through extremely heavy fire. On two occasions he noticed that there was a shortage of ammunition in the front line and acting on his own initiative carried ammunition forward from the rear. His work materially contributed to the success of the operation.'
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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