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William Richard HAIGH

Place of birthMatata, New Zealand
SchoolGranville S.P. School and Sydney High School, Sydney, New South Wales
Other trainingAgricultural Training, Granville Technical College, Sydney, NSW
Age on arrival in Australia3
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationTown clerk
AddressTe Rangi, Burlington Road, Homebush, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, T Haigh Jp, Te Rangi Burlington Road, Homebush, New South Wales
Enlistment date11 December 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name17th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 8 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

Work near Westhoek on 20 September 1917.
Recommendation date: 25 September 1917

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularDied of the effects of Gas, at Wandsworth Hospital, London,
FateDied of disease 26 November 1918
Place of death or woundingLondon, England
Age at death29
Age at death from cemetery records30
Place of burialBrookwood Military Cemetery (Plot IV, Row G, Grave No. 6), Surrey, England
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas and Mary HAIGH. Native of Granville, New South Wales. Died of Wounds (gas)

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He led his men with great skill, and had to consolidate his objective under the heaviest shell fire. Though suffering severe casualties, both in officers and men, he continued to move amongst them, encouraging them in their work until he was wounded and forced to go to the rear.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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