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William Christopher BEDLINGTON

Regimental number1856
Place of birthMerthyr Tydfil, Wales
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs E E Bedlington, 35 Newfoundland Road, Gabalfa, Cardiff, Wales
Enlistment date15 January 1915
Place of enlistmentHobart, Tasmania
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 1 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 11 August 1916

Bar to Military Medal

Recommendation date: 1 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 3 March 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Launceston Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'North west of POZIERES on 7th/12th August, 1916. For carrying messages of five separate occasions through heavy shell fire. I strongly recommend this man for some reward for the gallantry he showed on all occasions.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Bar to Military Medal

'This N.C.O. distinguished himself in the attack near ZONNEBEKE on the 26th September, 1917. He was in charge of a Vickers machine gun and went over with the first wave of the Brigade. On securing our final objective he rushed his gun forward under heavy shell fire. His gun was destroyed by shell fire and at great personal risk he and his crew secured a German gun which was in a shell hole out in front of our objective and brought this gun back and brought it into action and secured ammunition for it. He employed his gun to the greatest advantage against the enemy when they counter attacked and he inflicted heavy losses upon them. Throughout the whole period of the attack he set a fine example of courage and cheerfulness. He is recommended for a Bar to his Military Medal.'

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death25 October 1972

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