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William Petrie DAWSON

Regimental number3983
Place of birthFife Scotland
OccupationCoal miner
AddressNewcastle, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, J Dawson, Melbourne Street, Abermain, Newcastle, New South Wales
Enlistment date9 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll45th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 11 September 1916

FateReturned to Australia 9 February 1919

Military Medal

'For coolness and devotion to duty shown by him on the afternoon of 15th August, 1916, at POZIERES when owing to heavy hostile artillery fire the wires connecting 45th Battalion and 48th Battalion Headquarters were cut. Notwithstanding the heavy barrage, Private DAWSON was successful in establishing communication.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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