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William Henry NOLAN

Regimental number7775
Place of birthCampbell Town Tasmania
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressBurnie, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation43
Next of kinBrother, I Nolan, Burnie, Tasmania
Enlistment date24 April 1917
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 26th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 4 August 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll40th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 6 May 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'Near CLERY SUR SOMME, on the 30th and 31st August, 1918, this soldier did magnificent work as a stretcher bearer. He carried wounded men from his Company to the R.A.P. without rest for 24 hours and most of this period he was under heavy artillery and machine gun fire. He was wounded on the 31st August, 1918, whilst gallantly attempting to rescue a wounded man from a trench partly occupied by the enemy. Private NOLAN's devotion to duty and his total disregard for danger is deserving of the highest praise. By his enterprise and determination he undoubtedly was responsible for saving the lives of many of his comrades under most trying circumstances.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15/19/1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death14 November 1944

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