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William Henreich KLEVE

Regimental number3347
Place of birthRosewood Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressRosewood, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinFather, C O Kleve, Rosewood, Queensland
Enlistment date30 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 21 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll42nd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 8 April 1918

FateReturned to Australia 7 February 1919

Military Medal

For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty at Dernancourt, Southwest of Albert, on 5th April 1918, during an enemy attack. He was a member of a platoon post which accounted for over 400 dead in front of their post and kept the line intact. He carried supplies up to the riflemen and, Lewis gunners and directed fire during the attack. The enemy had many machine-guns directed on our line, and when all N.C.O.s and most of the men of his platoon had been casualties, he took charge and led a bombing party along a sap and drove enemy back. He personally accounted for many enemy, and considerably augmented his men's strength by his own splendid example. His gallantry was also conspicuous on several occasions between 27th March and 5th April.
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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