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William Frederick MURDOCH

Regimental number2119
Place of birthGeelong Victoria
Address105 Market Street, South Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, John Murdoch, 105 Market Street, South Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date14 April 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll31 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name37th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/54/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 25 September 1916
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Corporal
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Provost Corps
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Work near Bray on 24 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: "13 and 16 September 1918"

FateReturned to Australia 25 September 1919

Military Medal

'For gallantry and devotion to duty on 24th August, 1918, in vicinity of BRAY. An enemy aeroplane dropped a bomb on an ammunition dump about 50 yards from Private MURDOCH, setting the dump on fire. The ammunition was exploding but he, with No. 171, Staff Sergeant C.J. HARRISON, M.M.P., extinguished the fire, stopping a serious conflagration and saving much valuable ammunition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death6 October 1966
Place of burialFawkner Cemetery

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