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William PALSTRA

Regimental number555
Date of birth--/11/1869
Place of birthZwolle Holland
ReligionSalvation Army
OccupationClerk
Address1 Walker Street, Northcote, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, Col. Palstra, 69 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date3 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name39th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/56/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 27 May 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Flying Corps
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: 39th Battalion
Promotion date: 29 March 1917

Lieutenant


Unit: 39th Battalion
Promotion date: 28 July 1917


Unit: 3rd Squadron, Australian Fying Corps

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


'Great initiative and ability at Messines opn 7-9 June 1917.'

FateReturned to Australia 21 March 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He led his men with the greatest dash to the capture of an enemy strong point, setting a splendid example throughout. With the exception of the Commanding Officer of his battalion he was the only officer left when they were finally relieved.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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