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William DOLAN

Regimental number4789
Place of birthKoroit, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressWarrnambool, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinSister, Bridget Dolan, Ozone Hotel, Warrnambool, Victoria
Enlistment date15 October 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 14 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll46th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Unspecified


Recommendation date: 4 October 1917

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 30706 (28 May 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 165 (24 October 1918).
Recommendation date: 1 March 1918

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 9 April 1918

FateReturned to Australia 15 September 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry near ALBERT on April 5th 1918. After our counter-attack had been delivered, he was a member of a patrol sent out to ascertain the enemy position with a view to further counter-attack. When about fifty yards from the enemy position they were observed and fired on by an enemy machine gun, the officer of the patrol being badly wounded. Corporal Dolan endeavoured to bring the officer back to our lines, but being wounded himself his efforts failed. He then crawled back to our lines under heavy machine gun fire and delivered valuable information to his Battalion Commander. Throughout the operation he showed a spirit of aggressiveness which set a high example for his comrades to emulate.'

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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