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William Henry ROACH

Regimental number943
Place of birthHillgrove New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressPine Hill, Halls Creek, Manilla, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, W Roach, Halls Creek, Manilla, New South Wales
Enlistment date21 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name33rd Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/50/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A74 Marathon on 4 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 24 January 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For gallant service on night of 4th/6th March, 1918, during raid onk enemy trenches in vicinity of WARNETON. This man was one of the right party detailed to mop up the enemy support trench. His Corporal placed him in charge of half the party. He rushed his portion of the trench chasing the enemy out into shell-holes where he and his men despatched a number. His courageous and determined fighting very materially helped the Right Assault.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 120
Date: 7 August 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: 1682 Pte Allan Ernest ROACHE, 33rd Bn, returned to Australia, 12 June 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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