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William Henry BAIN

Regimental number6718
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Address83 Mallett Street, Camperdown, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs L Bain, 83 Mallet Street, Camperdown, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date1 August 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 August 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, 22nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT SS Port Nicholson on 8 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollINF3REIN22
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at Mont de Merris near Strazeele, France on 14 April 1918.
Recommendation date: 22 April 1918

FateReturned to Australia 31 March 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at MONT de MERRIS near STRAZEELE, France, on 14th April, 1918; during an enemy attack Private BAIN heedless of the heavy barrage passed through and warned the front line posts of a flank attack. At all times during the operations he showed great courage and utter disregard of personal safety and was instrumental in keeping communication with his Company posts during the heavy barrage. At all times he was under direct observation and was subjected to heavy machine gun fire, in addition to the barrage fire. His bravery earned for him the greatest admiration of all ranks.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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