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William CURRY

Regimental number3973
Place of birthBright Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
Address171 Buckingham Street, North Richmond, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs. E. May, 171 Buckingham Street, North Richmond, Victoria
Enlistment date19 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 23 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll57th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 24 January 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On September 5th near DOINGT during the operations of forcing the passage of the SOMME the Company to which Private W. CURRY belonged experienced great trouble from a nest of enemy machine guns, which held up the advance in that part of the line. Private CURRY mounted a captured German machine gun and engaged in a duel lasting over an hour with the hostile post. He was in a very exposed position and had numerous stoppages which he remedied every time. The enemy guns shot away the sight of the gun he was using but he continued to fire until the post was subdued. He inflicted numerous casualties on the enemy, killing six. His courage, skill and devotion to duty are worthy of the highest praise.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Date of death18 October 1959
Place of burialFawkner Cemetery

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