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William Henry HUXLEY

Regimental number2940
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationHorseman
Address78 Calvert Street, Marrickville, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinAunt, Mrs Emily Huxley, 78 Calvert Street, Marrickville, New South Wales
Enlistment date14 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 9 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 10 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the operations near NAUROY from 29th September to 1st October 1918. Whilst advancing to take up a position in the front line, a shell exploded at the head of this man's section, killing two, and wounding another man, and slightly wounding Private HUXLEY. Despite this, he rushed forward, rescued a Lewis Gun, and carried the wounded to a safer place before taking cover himself. Later, when an enemy barrage fell on the post occupied by his section, he showed quick decision and fine leadership in moving his post to a flank. Find the Lewis gun had been left behind, he immediately rushed back to the post through heavy fire, brought the gun back, and immediately got it into action against an enemy machine gun which was firing directly on his post. The great daring, disregard of personal safety, and the high standard of courage displayed by this man was an inspiring example to his comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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