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William HARDS

Regimental number585
Place of birthPetersburg South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressLaura, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23.1
Height5' 7.5"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinMother, Carrie Hards, Laura, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date28 January 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name27th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 31 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll27th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'Showed great gallantry bombing and capturing German bombs during attack North of Flers.'
Recommendation date: 11 November 1916

FateReturned to Australia 27 July 1917
Medals

Military Medal

'During the attack on German position north of FLERS on morning of 5th November, 1916, he maintained a grenade fight for an hour and a half in BAYONET Trench. killing many of the enemy holding them beyond the "Block". On his bombs running out he went out and captured enough German bombs to carry on with. During the whole of the time he showed great dash and initiative, his example lending great support to his comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103
Date: 29 June 1917

Discharge date25 January 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Demosthenes', 27 July 1917; discharged (medically unfit: trachoma), Adelaide, 25 January 1918.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death12 June 1962
Place of burialPort Pirie Cemetery, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, HARDS William

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