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William FOON

Regimental number5377
Place of birthQueenscliff Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressHoward Place, Bendigo, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, William Foon, Howard Place, Bendigo, Victoria
Enlistment date24 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 17th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 4 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Work at Lihons on 10 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 17 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 19 February 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry on the 10th day of August 1918 at LIHONS. this soldier acted as a Company Runner, and during the attack showed wonderful courage and coolness while carrying messages from front to rear over an exceptionally flat and open space of country swept by a hail of Machine Gun and rifle bullets. On one occasion, when a Runner forward had been mortally wounded in advance of our main line this soldier crept forward to the wounded man, secured his despatches, and succeeded in carrying them safely to Battalion Headquarters.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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