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William Henry MADILL

Regimental number2211
Place of birthN/A New Zealand
AddressEumundi, North Coast Line, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation31
Next of kinFather, Marcus Madill, Waterview Road, Stanley Bay, Auckland, New Zealand
Enlistment date27 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name52nd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/69/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A42 Boorara on 16 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll50th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 15 June 1919

Military Medal

'On the morning of 13th September 1918, near JEANCOURT North West of STL QUENTIN, this man showed great gallantry and skilful handling of his Lewis Gun during an advance under heavy Machine Gun fie. On reaching the objective he pushed his gun forward an extra fifty yards and beat down hostile fire while his platoon was digging in, thus saving us many casualties. On the evening of 13th September 1918 during a strong hostile counter-attack, he kept his gun in action in spite of heavy shell fire, and inflicted great loss on the German infantry until they were repulsed. Throughout the operations from 11th to 13th September 1918, he showed constant bravery and coolness.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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