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Wilfrid DAVIS

Regimental number1180
Place of birthKendall, Camden, Haven River, New South Wales
Other NamesWilfred
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationTram conductor
AddressResden, Lenthall Street, Kensington, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother, Mrs W Davis, Resden, Lenthall Street, Kensington, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date1 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A32 Themistocles on 12 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Conspicuous gallantry in carrying out rescue work. (Pozieres).
Recommendation date: 10 August 1916

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted 3rd March, 1915. Taken on Strength, 17th Battalion, 12th April, 1915. Sgt. 20th January, 1918. Joined the Dunsterforce, January, 1918.
FateDied of disease 7 July 1918
Place of death or woundingMesopotamia
Age at death29
Place of burialHamaden Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row B, Grave No. 5), Asia.
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Town. Kensington, New South Wales

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry during operations. Both by day and night he went out fearlessly over the parapet searching for and bringing in the wounded under heavy fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 184
Date: 14 December 1916

Military Medal

'During the operations near WESTHOEK on 20th September, 1917, when there were no more stretcher bearers obtainable, on reaching our objective this N.C.O. for 13 hours constantly attended to wounded men in the open regardless of self, and carried them into the shelter of a captured blockhouse. His conduct inspired all ranks.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front, Middle East

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

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