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William PLAYER

Regimental number2134
Place of birthNewcastle New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMiner
AddressCumerland Street, Cessnock, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Jane Player, Cumerland Street, Cessnock, New South Wales
Enlistment date23 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 16 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 22 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'At MORLANCOURT on night 28/29th July 1918. This soldier was a volunteer Stretcher Bearer and worked throughout our attack and capture of enemy system constantly under heavy shell and Machine Gun fire. Without rest this man under great difficulties laboured on until all the wounded had been brought in. He showed a total disregard of danger and continued his duties of carrying. This soldier never ceased his duty until all were brought in, by which time he as thoroughly exhausted. He displayed courage and devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 36
Date: 14 March 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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