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William Pendennis DEVONSHIRE

Place of birthVIC
ReligionChurch of England
AddressHarrington Street, Prospect, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation31
Next of kinWife, Mrs E M Devonshire, Harrington Street, Prospect, South Australia
Enlistment date7 April 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name27th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 31 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll27th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)


'For gallant action at Pozieres in taking charge of all men of his Battalion in captured trench and repulsing counter attack, displaying oersonal gallantry and ability of a high order.'
Recommendation date: 16 August 1916


Recommendation date: "September-December 1915"

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29890 (2 January 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103 (29 June 1917).

FateReturned to Australia 11 December 1918

Distinguished Service Order

'For consistent good work durring operations, notably when he took charge of all the men of his battalion in the first captured enemy trench, and, after repulsing a counter attack, led them on, and captured further enemy positions.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 184
Date: 14 December 1916

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