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William Alexander Rencher HARRIS

Regimental number2290
Place of birthHemmant Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressBowen, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, George Daniel Harris, Eura Creek Hotel via Bowen, Queensland
Enlistment date17 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name47th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/64/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A42 Boorara on 16 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll45th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Work near Hamel from 8-11 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 12 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 12 December 1918
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Given name William Alexander

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When his section commander became a casualty, he took command and, pushing forward, was the first to reach a battery of 5.9 inch guns which were in action. These were quickly silenced and the crews captured. In several days' fighting, he showed keeness and resource as a patrol leader.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 36
Date: 14 March 1919

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