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William James Leslie NEWELL

Regimental number485
Place of birthBendigo Victoria
SchoolBendigo Central School No 1976, Victoria
Address73 Rowan Street, Bendigo, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Newell, 73 Rowan Street, Bendigo, Victoria
Enlistment date2 April 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name38th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/55/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 20 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll38th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 20 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 30 April 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Listed on Bendigo Central School No 1976 Honor Roll (now in Camp Hill Primary School). Inscription reads: 'Fighters in the Great War for Empire, Dominions, Allies'.

Military Medal

'On 12th October 1917, East of YPRES, he displayed conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in action. This soldier was employed as a Runner, between Battalion Headquarters and the front line, and did exceedingly good work carrying messages during most severe bombardment. On his return journey from the front line, he used to assist in carrying back wounded. His courage and cheerfulness in danger were an inspiration to others.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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