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William Victor BEVAN

Place of birthBulli New South Wales
OccupationSchool teacher
AddressThirroul, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, Mr R Bevan, Colliery Manager, Thirroul, New South Wales
Enlistment date14 December 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name4th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/21/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 8 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll53rd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

Altered to Mention in Despatches: not awarded.
Recommendation date: 7 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 8 July 1919

Military Cross

'During the advance on Peronne on 1st September 1918, he led his platoon forward with great gallantry in face of heavy artillery and machine gun fire. On reaching his final objective he found his flanks exposed and the enemy behind him. Nevertheless, he fought his way back with great skill and determination through a nest of machine guns, killing many of the enemy, and eventually rejoined his company. His splendid example of resolution and tenacity inspired all under his command.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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