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William Taylor DONSWORTH

Regimental number6542
Place of birthCape Colony South Africa
ReligionChurch of England
AddressTurvey Street, Revesby, East Hill, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Kathleen Donsworth, Turvey Street, Revesby, East Hill, New South Wales
Enlistment date8 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameInfantry Brigade 4, Field Ambulance 5, Reinforcement 7
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/48/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board RMS Mooltan on 11 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Field Ambulance
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Conspicuous courage under fire and devotion to duty in rendering first-aid and carrying out rescue work. (East of Ypres).
Recommendation date: 12 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 25 September 1919

Military Medal

'During the operations east of YPRES on 4th October 1917 he was attached to the 1st Field Company Engineers and accompanied them to BECELAERE RIDGE. He rendered valuable assistance attending wounded and assisted his L/Cpl. in the most dangerous work in a very efficient and cool manner. After giving what assistance he could on the spot, he searched for stretchers and arranged for getting the casualties to the dressing station. He remained in the open under heavy shell and machine gun fire the whole time with absolute disregard to personal safety.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No.
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death28 June 1976
Place of burialRookwood Crematorium

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