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William Henry HAGAN

Regimental number2396
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationPlumber
Address5 McDonald Street, Balmain, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Hagan, 5 McDonald Street, Balmain, New South Wales
Enlistment date4 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll4 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name1st Field Company Engineers, Reinforcement 12
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/20/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT RMS Mooltan on 11 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Field Company Engineers
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Great coolness under fire and devotion to duty while in charge of party engaged in establishing communictions. (Polygon Wood 20-21 September 1917).
Recommendation date: 3 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 12 June 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Military Medal

'During the attack on the vicinity of POLYGON WOOD on the 20th/21st September, 1917, L.Cpl HAGAN was in charge of a party engaged in digging communications in the immediate vicinity of the front line. Despite continuous shelling during the greater part of the 21st he struck to his job setting a splendid example to the men under him with good working results. About the time the job was finished the enemy shelled it heavily and attempted to counter-attack. As there were no Infantry manning the strong point and trenches in thevicinity HAGAN gathered his men together and placed them in position for defence. Throughout the whole day and during the bombardment which lasted 3 hours he displayed great coolness and energy and set a splendid example to the men under him.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Date of death11 December 1970

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