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William DENSLEY

Regimental number1236
Place of birthAvoca, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressAvoca, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinW H Densley, Railton, Tasmania
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 2, Reinforcement 1
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/30/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'Promptness and gallantry in extinguishing exploding ammunition and saving gun from being destroyed. (East of Ypres)'
Recommendation date: 27 October 1917

Bar to Military Medal


For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at Verbrandenmolen Ridge, South of Ypres on 11 March 1918.
Recommendation date: 17 March 1918

FateReturned to Australia 24 September 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'East of YPRES on the night of 25th/26th October, 1917 at ANZAC RIDGE - N.E. of WESTHOEK - the Battery position was very heavily shelled by 5.9's. A shell struck a Gun-Pit and set the ammunition alight. These men [DENSLEY and 4222 George FAWCETT] immediately went in and put out the exploding ammunition, saving about 1,000 rounds and also the Gun from being destroyed, by their promptness and gallantry.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

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