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William Henry HACKFATH

Regimental number846
Place of birthGoulburn, New South Wales
OccupationLocomotive driver
AddressMidland Junction, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinWife, Mrs Myra C A Hackfath, Viveash Road, Midland Junction, Western Australia
Enlistment date9 January 1917
Rank on enlistmentCSM (WO Class II)
Unit nameRailway Unit, Section 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number15/9/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 29 January 1917
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 31 May 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during a hostile air attack on an ammunition depot. A bomb was dropped on a waggon loaded with shells, which was set on fire, and he at once got into the truck and extinguished the fire. His gallant conduct undoubtedly saved the ammunition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Family/military connectionsCousin (1st): 4017 Pte Fred ARCHER, 47th Bn, killed in action, 10 August 1916.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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