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William John GREENHALGH

Regimental number2171
Place of birthLismore New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressLeycester Street, Lismore, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, Mr Thomas Grenhalgh, Leycester Street, Lismore, New South Wales
Enlistment date24 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll10 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name53rd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/70/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A44 Vestalia on 11 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll53rd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 7 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 7 February 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For most conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. As a company runner he did magnificent work throughout the operation, continuously carrying messages through most intense Machine Gun and Artillery Fire. For a short period the Company lost touch on the left flank and Private GREENHALGH went out by himself and established communication thus clearing up the situation. He was severely wounded while carrying a message but he staggered on and delivered his message before he fell. His gallantry and devotion to duty is specially worthy of mention.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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