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William Martin BERMINGHAM

Regimental number3016
Place of birthOamaru, New Zealand
Place of birthDunedin, New Zealand
SchoolSaint Patrick's Catholic School, Oamaru, New Zealand
Age on arrival in Australia21
ReligionRoman Catholic
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Bermingham, New Street, Omaru, New Zealand
Previous military serviceServed in the Oamaru Royal Cadets, New Zealand.
Enlistment date27 June 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on 8 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 30 October 1917

FateDied of wounds 17 February 1918
Place of death or woundingBelgium
Age at death24
Place of burialOuttersteene Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot II, Row D, Grave No. 40), Bailleul, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Michael and Mary BERMINGHAM. Native of Oamaru, New Zealand

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in command of machine guns in the front trenches. When two of his guns were blown up, four men being killed and three buried, he assisted in digging the men out, and, despite heavy shelling, obtained new guns from headquarters. Later, when the position was again shelled he supervised the withdrawal of his guns and the removal of the wounded.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 150
Date: 24 September 1918

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

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