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William Herbert OLSEN

Regimental number5167
Place of birthNormanton Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressKalkallo, via Donnybrook, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFriend, Mrs J Crighton, Kalkallo, via Donybrook, Victoria
Enlistment date20 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 1 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Light Trench Mortar Battery
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 5 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 3 January 1919

Military Medal

'During and prior to the minor operation carried out South West of MORLANCOURT by the 8th Australian Infantry Brigade on the night of 28th/29th July 1918 this N.C.O. rendered most valuable service under trying conditions of weather and enemy action. On the night of the attack he was to take a mortar forward with the second wave, and in addition to his gun team a carrying party of 10 to get his Stokes shells forward. Casualties occurred in this party in crossing 'No Man's Land', by fearless energy he rallied the party and got his mortar and ammunition into position from where he was able to bring fire to bear on enemy targets and his S.O.S. line, thus assisting materially in consolidating the newly captured position. He cheerfully maintained his party until relieved 48 hours later.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 36
Date: 14 March 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death25 January 1972
Place of burialFawkner Cemetery

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