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William John Gordon DAVIS

Regimental number9388
Place of birthBrighton, Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationWoodworker
Address1218 Mair Street, Ballarat, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Eliza A Davis, 1218 Mair Street, Ballarat, Victoria
Enlistment date9 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Field Ambulance, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/45/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 1 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Supplement, No. 29845 (1 December 1916); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62 (19 April 1919)
Recommendation date: 9 August 1916

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 29845 (1 December 1916); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62 (19 April 1917).

FateReturned to Australia 4 May 1917
Medals

Military Medal

'For distinguished gallantry. On 9th August, 1916, at BIR-EL-ABD, in company with Captain D.D. Jamieson, and Driver Crawford and Private Davis, went with a sandcart to the left flank. Leaving the nearer wounded, they passed through the line which was rapidly retiring, reached two wounded men in front. Under heavy rifle and shell fire, loaded them into cart with great difficulty as bursting shells were frightening the horses and causing them to plunge. Captain Jamieson, having searched in front to make sure there were no more, the party returned, with their harness in a tangled condition, picking up three other wounded on the way back.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Palestine

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death23 July 1955
Age at death61
Place of burialBallarat (New) Cemetery, Victoria

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