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Willie Adair QUIN

Regimental number20
Place of birthThargomindah Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address93 Stuart Street, Manly, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Quin, 93 Stuart Street, Manly, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date7 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name36th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/53/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 13 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Division Headquarters
FateReturned to Australia 12 June 1919

Meritorious Service Medal

'For consistent and energetic devotion to duty for the period from 22nd September 1917, until 24th February, 1918. As a N.C.O. of the Unit attached to Divisional Headquarters for the Anti-Gas Training of the Division, he has shown marked ability and enthusiasm, and has, at all times, carried out his duties to the entire satisfaction of his senior Officers. On 24th September, 1917, when carrying out a Gas Demonstration the bursting of a bomb in his hand, owing to a defective fuse, caused him a painful injury, but he continued throwing with his uninjured hand in order that the demonstration might not be interrupted. His self-sacrifice and disregard of personal comfort actuated by his keenness in his work of recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Meritorious Service Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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