William Robert FULLER

Regimental number3809
Place of birthRichmond, Victoria
SchoolCentral State School
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 6.5"
Weight129 lbs
Next of kinBrother, James Fuller, 34 Harper Street, Westgarth, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in Senior Cadets
Enlistment date22 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll10 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentActing Lance Corporal
Unit name21st Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on 8 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll21st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 26 March 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Work near Warneton on 22 March 1918.
Recommendation date: 27 March 1918

FateReturned to Australia 20 October 1918
Place of death or woundingAustin Hospital, Heidelberg, Victoria
Date of death17 July 1919
Age at death20
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialCoburg Cemetery, Victoria
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On the enemy raiding our front line posts after a severe bombardment, he distributed his men in order to avoid casualties, keeping with himself two men and a machine gun. When the enemy were upon him, the machine gun jammed, but he threw bombs until the gun came into action again. Though a shell landed in the post, wounding and partly burying him, and killing one of the gunners, he maintained the defence single handed until he was again wounded. His courage, initiative and determination cannot be too highly praised.
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Family/military connectionsSgt. A Robb,. (Croix de Guerre), Cousin
Other details

Commenced return to Australia in board HT 'Borda', 20 October 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 15 December 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death20 July 1919
SourcesNAA: B2455, FULLER William Robert