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William Alexander PORTER

Regimental number5448
Place of birthIpswich Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressMurphy Street, Ipswich, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mr Porter, Murphy Street, Ipswich, Queensland
Enlistment date28 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 17th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT SS Hawkes Bay on 20 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Sergeant Major
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 August 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He handled his platoon with great dash and initiative. When his men were held up by a heavy bombing attack, he reorganized his platoon, and with great dash drove the enemy back killing and capturing many prisoners. He also took 200 yards of trench, where he established a strong post, which he held.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

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