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William Charles O'TOOLE

Place of birthRyde New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLicensed surveyor
AddressRyde, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinFather, William O'Toole, senior, Glebe Street, Ryde, New South Wales
Enlistment date10 January 1916
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name2nd Pioneer Battalion, Reinforcement 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/14/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 6 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Pioneer Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

'Work near Amiens on 8 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 27 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 15 May 1919

Military Cross

'For coonspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He led a party forward in an advance and reconnoitred and cleared a road of obstacles and wire under continual shell, machine gun and snipers' fire. His energy and initiative so inspired his men that 7,000 yards of road were cleared for traffic an hour after the beginning of the attack.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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