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William Henry ELLWOOD

Place of birthWunghnu, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationState school teacher
AddressHiawatha PO via West Alberton, South Gippsland, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinWife, Mrs Elsie Ellwood, Hiawatha PO via West Alberton, South Gippsland, Victoria
Enlistment date9 January 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name24th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 26 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

For conspicuous gallantry in action at the Hindenberg Line in command of his Company, at the head of which he was severly wounded duriing the charge, when he held successfully against five enemy counter attacks.
Recommendation date: 11 May 1917

FateReturned to Australia 4 June 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Though severely wounded at the head of his company during a charge, he remained on duty all day, and secured the right flank of his brigade against five enemy counter attacks. His coolness and cheerful personality had a splendid effect upon his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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