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William George RACKETT

Regimental number7975
Place of birthPort Mcdonald South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMotor mechanic
AddressMount Gambier, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinWife, Mrs E Rackett, Williamstown, Mount Gambier, South Australia
Enlistment date26 April 1915
Rank on enlistmentMotor Transport Driver
Unit nameAMC Motor Drivers
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/106/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on 27 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Motor Transport Section
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Work near Proyart on 23 August 1918.'

FateReturned to Australia 27 April 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. On 23rd August, 1918, he was driving a Ford Motor Ambulance during the attack by the 1st Australian Division, evacuating wounded from North of PROYART to MERICOURT and later in the day went forward in front of CHUIGNOLLES. For 48 hours he drove with practically no rest often through heavy shell fire, and his pluck, endurance, and disregard of personal danger were responsible for the quick evacuation of many badly wounded men.'

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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