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William Leonard AXTELL

Regimental number1628
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
AddressElinor Terrace, Woodley Park, Glen Osmond, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, Mr Joseph Axtell, Woodley Park, Glen Osmond, South Australia
Enlistment date16 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name50th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/67/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 11 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll50th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 18 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 15 June 1919

Military Medal

'On the 13th September, 1918 near LE VERGUIER North West of ST. QUENTIN, during a counter-attack a strong force of the enemy bombers repeatedly attempted to surmount a barricade in a trench leading to our lines. Private AXTELL advanced single-handed, under heavy fire, with a Lewis gun and compelled the enemy to abandon the attack at this point.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death26 September 1946

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