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William Johnston GRAHAM

Regimental number555
Other NamesGRAHAM, William Johnstone
ReligionMethodist
OccupationContractor
Address32 Kippax Street, Surry, Hills, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Next of kinMother, Mrs Isabella Graham, 32 Kippax Street, Surry Hills, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date8 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A40 Ceramic on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: INF18
Promotion date: 16 August 1916

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


For gallantry and devotion to duty at all times during operations. (Pozieres)
Recommendation date: 10 August 1916

Mention in Despatches


For excellent work as Regimental Sergeant Major from 10 April to 16 August 1916, and coolness and courage at all times particularly during period at Pozieres.
Recommendation date: 19 September 1916

Military Cross


For initiative in collecting ammunition from casualties and sending continuous supply to the front line thus assisting ably to stop strong enemy attack.
Recommendation date: 13 May 1917

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30107 (1 June 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169 (4 October 1917).

FateReturned to Australia 18 January 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He rendered invaluable assistance in collecting rifle grenades from casualties under heavy machine gun and shell fire, and sending them forward to where they were needed to stop an enemy bombing attack. His skilful organization of carrying parties and maintenance of the supply of ammunition during a very critical period was most marked.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

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