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William James PIRIE

Regimental number1238
Place of birthPortsoy Scotland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationCooper
Address43 Bowman Street, Drummoyne, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 8.5"
Weight166 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Ellen Pirie, 23 Schoolhendry Street, Portsoy, Banffshire, Scotland
Previous military serviceServed in the 1st Banff Regiment, British Army; 3 years in Volunteer Garrison Artillery, Australia.
Enlistment date9 February 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll10 February 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A40 Ceramic on 25 June 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll4091
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Field Company Engineers
FateReturned to Australia 16 June 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He went forward with the leading troops of the attack to mark out tracks, and completed his work very speedily under heavy fire. taking charge of the work when his officer was killed. He showed great courage and initiative.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Discharge date3 October 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Married Jemima SLATER, spinster, aged 28, Scottish National Church, Cattanach, 16 August 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Ormonde', 16 June 1919; disembarked Sydney, 4 August 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Sydney, 3 October 1919.

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsNext of kin address incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as 23 Schoolaundry, Portsoy, Bamffshire, Scotland.
SourcesNAA: B2455, PIRIE William James

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