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William Augustine O'DONNELL

Regimental number2414
Place of birthFootscray Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationBricklayer
Address226 Roden Street, West Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, J O'Donnell, 226 Roden Street, West Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date5 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 16 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Field Company Engineers
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: "28 and 29 September and 3 October 1917"

FateReturned to Australia 16 December 1917
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Military Medal

'During the operations along the MENIN ROAD on 20th and 22nd September, 1917 he was employed as a company runner from Strong Point at LONE HOUSE to HOOGE CRATER. He successfully accomplished six journeys aggregating 24 miles under extremely dangerous conditions of heavy barrage fire being seriously wounded whilst performing his seventh trip. He displayed an admirable devotion to duty and utter disregard of personal risk throughout.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death19 November 1975

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