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William Francis PONTEY

Regimental number302
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCarpenter
AddressMerrenbuni Avenue, North Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, William Francis Pontey, Merrenbuni Avenue, North Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date9 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, A Company
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT Ceramic on 25 June 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Rollx2a Trench Mortar Battery
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: ART Div 2
Promotion date: 22 May 1918

Lieutenant


Unit: ART Div 2
Promotion date: 22 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 5 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'Showed great gallantry when in charge of a T.M. detachment, in action on the evening of the 23rd September, 1917, successfully cutting enemy wire about 2000 yards north east of WESTHOEK. Half the detachment were killed and wounded and this N.C.O. with great determination set a most excellent example and kept the balance of his detachment together under considerable shellfire, until his task was completed.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

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