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William Hansard RICHARDS

Regimental number440
Place of birthLondon England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressDeniliquin, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs F H Richards, 19 Poplar Grove, Mew Earswick, York, England
Enlistment date17 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Light Horse Regiment, C Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/13/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A16 Star of Victoria on 25 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 14 December 1918
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For most conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the attack south of Vendhuille, on 29 September, 1918. Through the operation his battery was under heavy artillery and machine gun fire, and the whole of his detachment became casualties. Notwithstanding this, he continued to serve his gun alone, until a new detachment could be organized. It was due to his personal efforts that the battery was able to maintain the effective barrage.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 35
Date: 15 April 1920

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