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William FAHEY

Regimental number715
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationBedstead maker
AddressCairns Terrace, Red Hill, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Philip Fahey, Cairns Terrace, Red Hill, Brisbane, Queensland
Enlistment date13 January 1917
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 12, Reinforcement 13
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/17/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 21 June 1917
Regimental number from Nominal Roll715C
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll41st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal (Military Medal)

Recommendation date: "8 September 1918 (9 October 1918)"

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)

Military Medal

'On 1st September, 1918, during operations North of PERONNE, when his Platoon Commander and all Platoon Non Commissioned Officers had become casualties, Private FAHEY assumed command and carried on with great dash and initiative. He led his Platoon to the correct line of the objective, and, whilst there, displayed great coolness and command of his men in spite of heavy enemy barrage fire. he made intelligent use of all ground and kept up communication with his Company Commander in a manner worthy of the highest praise.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Bar to Military Medal

On September 29th 1918 during operations South of Bony Corporal Fancy did splendid work with his section in clearing up obscure situations and patrolling. When the company had to move forward to a new line he was mainly responsible for obtaining touch with the troops on the flank. Cpl Fahey and his section later went out in face of heavy artillery and machine gun fire and did splendid work in reporting and sending back valuable information as to the position in front. His task was made very difficult as it was daylight and nothing was known as to the whereabouts of the enemy in front. His coolness and courage throughout the operation was of the highest order.
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death3 September 1972
Place of burialPinnaroo Cemetery

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