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William Alfred HOOPER

Regimental number4695
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMilk tester
AddressGardeners Lane, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, J Hooper, Gardeners Lane, Mascot, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date2 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll12 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 13 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll20th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Work at Broodseinde on 9 October 1917.
Recommendation date: 14 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 20 May 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'At BROODSEINDE on 9th October, 1917, when communications were all cut under terrific barrage this man without orders proceeded to repair lines effecting communications at a vital stage of the attack. He was constantly employed for 30 hours. During this time he lost his mate and on two occasions was buried. Although suffering from shell shock he carried on until the Battalion was relieved.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 23 May 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death19 November 1967

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