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William Burns GOW

Regimental number983
Date of birth--/05/1893
Other NamesGOW, Wm Burns
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSchool teacher
AddressHarrietville, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, James Gow, Harrietville, Victoria
Enlistment date1 April 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll6 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name24th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 10 May 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: INF24
Promotion date: 23 October 1916

Lieutenant


Unit: INF24
Promotion date: 15 July 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


Work at Daisy Wood on 9 October 1917.
Recommendation date: 14 October 1917

Military Cross


Work near Daisy Wood on 9 October 1917.
Recommendation date: 5 March 1918

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 30706 (28 May 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 165 (24 October 1918).

Military Cross


Work at Mont St. Quentin on 1 September 1918.
Recommendation date: 13 September 1918

Mention in Despatches


Work at Mont St. Quentin on 1 September 1918.
Recommendation date: 4 March 1918

FateReturned to Australia 10 May 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'In the attack on Mont St. Quentin on the 1st September 1918, he displayed great gallantry, initiative, and tactical skill in a marked degree. He repeatedly went forward alone in face of heavy machine gun fire and reconnoitred the position, and was thus able to push his company forward against what appeared to be insuperable opposition. After Mont St. Quentin was captured he was wounded while making a reconnaissance preparatory to a further advance.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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