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William Thomas MADDERN

Regimental number2181
Place of birthWoods Point, Gippsland, Victoria
SchoolState School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressFiniston, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinWife, Mrs Evelyn Ann Maddern, 2 Carr Street, West Perth, Western Australia
Enlistment date22 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 1 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll28th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 28 October 1917
Place of death or woundingYpres, Belgium
Age at death28
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialMenin Road South Military Cemetery (Plot III, Row K, Grave No. II), Ypres, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William Henry and Isabella MADDERN; husband of Annie E. GRAHAM (formerly MADDERN), Mornington Mills, Western Australia. Native of Wood's Point, Victoria

Military Medal

'When in position at POZIERES RIDGE on the night of 4th/5th August, 1916, Private MADDERN was sent back on two occasions through a heavy barrage fire with messages to Battalion Headquarters. On two later occasions he was sent back again with important messages and although badly wounded on the last occasion, he did not fail to deliver his message safely. He showed great devotion to duty under most trying conditions.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 184
Date: 14 December 1916

Family/military connectionsFather: 432 Sapper William Henry MADDERN, Tunnelling Details, returned to Australia, 22 July 1917.

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