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William Whiteley GOCHER

Regimental number1132
Place of birthRedfern New South Wales
SchoolConvent School, Manly, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFitter
Address129 Bedford Street, Newtown, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, W H Gocher, 129 Bedford Street, Newtown, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date27 October 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, G Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board TRANSPORT A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll45th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 27 October 1916

Bar to Military Medal


Killed in Action 7 June 1917.
Recommendation date: 27 February 1917

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularMilitary Medal and bar.
FateKilled in Action 7 June 1917
Place of death or woundingMessines, Belgium
Date of death7 June 1917
Age at death25
Place of burialMessines Ridge British Cemetery (Plot I, Row B, Grave No. 29), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
139
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Elizabeth GOCHER, 27 Albert Street, Newtown, New South Wales. native of Sydney
Medals

Military Medal

'On the night of 15th/16th October, 1916, during a raid on the German trenches near DIEPENDAAL. He was in charge of the bombers and displayed great coolness and aggressiveness in handling his party. Also when returning although wounded himself, was of great assistance in bringing in one of our men who had been badly wounded.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103
Date: 29 June 1917

Bar to Military Medal

'For exceptional gallantry and leadership on the morning of the 21st February, 1917 at GUEUDECOURT during an attack on an enemy's strong point and trenches. Sergeant Gocher led his team of bombers over enemy's wire against a strong point and after same was bombed and captured, he continued the attack up the enemy's trenches. As the trench was practically impassable, owing to the mud, he led his men along the parapet regardless of heavy Machine Gun fire. On reaching the objective he immediately organised a team of rifle grenadiers and kept the Germans back until the block was put in. He remained in charge of his bombing team at the block until the night of the 22nd/23rd February,1917 and then took an active part in capturing another 120 yards of trench. The dash, determination and coolness, under fire, shown by this Non Commissioned Officer was very marked and the example he set to his men was splendid.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 133
Date: 21 August 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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