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William James MOFFATT

Regimental number650
Place of birthLaunceston Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMiner
AddressBeryl Street, off Kavlin Street,Broken Hill, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation35
Next of kinWife, Mrs Gertrude Maria Moffatt, Beryl Street off Kavlin Street, Broken Hill, New South Wales
Enlistment date28 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit nameNo 1 Mining Corps
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 20 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Tunnelling Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Refers 28 May 1917.
Recommendation date: "Unspecified"

FateReturned to Australia 11 May 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Photo: Kent Fedorowich
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in heading a rescue party and extricating six men who had been overcome by enemy gas in a deep dug out. The work occupied two hours, and was carried out under heavy shell fire; and in spite of the fact that he and his party suffered severely from the gas, he led them six times to the rescue,setting a magnificent example. The six men succumbed in spite of his heroic efforts and he was eventually sent to hospital suffering from gas poisoning.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death4 September 1949
Age at death69
Place of burialMelbourne General Cemetery, Victoria

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