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William Edward RANKIN

Regimental number791
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBasketmaker
AddressSalisbury Road, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinBrother, Edward Newell Rankin, Salisbury Road, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date29 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name24th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: 29 December 1918

FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'On 5 October, 1918, at Montbrehain, he, with a small party, charged an enemy machine gun post, and accounted for the crew of five. He then, under very heavy fire, gained touch with the flank of the next company, and, in conjunction with them, filled a dangerous gap.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 42
Date: 20 May 1920

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