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William ROACH

Regimental number6300
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFettler
Address3 Weisbeach Street, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinWife, Mrs Mary Roach, 3 Weisbeach Street, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date16 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameInfantry Brigade 4,Field Ambulance 5, Reinforcement 6
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/48/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 13 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 16 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'In the operations of 21st September, 1918, near HARGICOURT, Private ROACH rendered valuable assistance in attending the wounded at the Battalion R.A.P. which was established well forward in an open trench. Though harrassed all day by shell fire he persisted with untiring zeal and with absolute disregard of personal danger moved about the area dressing the wounds of many out in the open where they feel. Throughout the attack his conduct was noticeable for his courageous devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Date of death24 September 1952
Place of burialBotany Cemetery

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