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William Harold RICHARDSON

Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMotor mechanic
Address78 John Street, Woollahra, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinWife, Mrs Lily Emma Richardson, 78 John Street, Woollahra, New South Wales
Enlistment date20 September 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name34th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/51/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 17 October 1916
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


'Work near Bray on 22 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: No date

Bar to MM


'Work near Clery-sur-Somme on 28 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 7 September 1918

Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near Bray, on 22nd August 1918. While the battalion was forming a defensive flank, after having gained its objective, he saw some troops on the left retiring and at once rushed up and collected some men, placing them in position under intense machine gun fire and shelling. His prompt action and disregard of danger restored the line.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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