William Oscar NESS

Regimental number2818
Place of birthDurham England
ReligionChurch of England
Address61 Soudan Street, Coburg, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation31
Next of kinWife, Mrs L Ness, 61 Soudan Street, Coburg, Victoria
Enlistment date26 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A16 Star Of Victoria on 10 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'(Near Ypres, 20 September 1917) Remarkable gallantry and initiative in taking place of senior officer and rendering valuable services.'
Recommendation date: 4 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 14 January 1919

Military Medal

'During the operations along the MENIN ROAD on 20th September, 1917, whilst engaged on the construction of a strong point at BLACK WATCH CORNER near POLYGON WOOD, the officer in charge of the infantry party attached to the engineers was wounded. L/Cpl NESS immediately took charge of the party and displayed remarkable gallantry and sound judgment in carrying out his responsibilities and gave great encouragement to those under him. His work throughout the whole of the operations was worthy of great praise. He gave valuable assistance at a critical period.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Discharge date27 April 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Admitted to 1st London General Hospital, 5 March 1917 (broncho-pneumonia).

Wounded in action (gun shot wound, chest); admitted to King George Military Hospital, England, 15 August 1918 (wound: severe). Commenced return to Australia on board 'City of York', 14 January 1919 (invalid); disembarked Sydney, 27 February 1919; discharged, 27 April 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal