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William Wallace ROBERTSON

Regimental number3133
Place of birthBendigo Victoria
AddressSouth Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, W W Robertson, 11 Lt Moray Place, South Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date9 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 16 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 April 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry while acting as Company runner during an enemy attack near ALBERT on April 3rd 1918. During the preliminary enemy bombardment all telephone lines from the front line to Battalion Headquarters were cut necessitating messages being sent by runner. On two occasions Private Robertson brought messages containing valuable information to Battalion Headquarters through a particularly heavy barrage. On the second occasion, although exhausted and considerably shaken by shell fire he persevered and delivered his message safely. Immediately after this he volunteered and brought back a prisoner who was urgently required to Battalion Headquarters.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

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