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William HOCKIN

Regimental number7563
Place of birthSouth Yarra Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationWireless operator
AddressMonkleigh, Gladstone parade, Elsternwick
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs. Mary Agnes Hocking, Monkleigh, Gladstone parade, Elsternwick
Enlistment date7 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name2nd Divisional Signal Company, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number22/12/2
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Divisional Signal Company
FateReturned to Australia 31 March 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This man rendered peculiarly valuable service as lineman when many of the party of which he was one were wounded or shell shocked, remaining on duty for thirty six hours continuously repairing lines under shell fire of a very intense description. On another occasion, when several casualties occurred from gas, and he himself was suffering from its effects, he remained at his post and maintained about 2 miles of ground cable in a very heavily shelled area. His courage, endurance, and evotion to duty were worthy of the highest praise.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

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