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William NOLAN

Regimental number1685
Place of birthBallarat Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
Address36 Gilbert Street, Ballarat, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother, Mrs Hennessey, 36 Gilbert Street, Ballarat East, Victoria
Enlistment date11 January 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll5 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 19 February 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll1686
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 24 September 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near Hebuterue on 29th March 1918. During an attack in which his Company went over but was forced to withdraw owing to non success on the flank this stretcher bearer displayed tireless energy and complete contempt for danger in carrying in wounded. For the following 2 days he and another bearer went out, in daylight, in search of a wounded man whom they eventually located and brought in safety. They came continually under enemy machine gun fire the nature of the fighting being such that Stretcher Bearers were not allowed to work unmolested.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 1
Date: 2 January 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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