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William Richard ROGERS

Regimental number2699
Place of birthBrighton, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSleeper cutter
Address365 Mueller Road, Subiaco, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinWife, Mrs A L Rogers, 365 Mueller Road, Subiaco, Western Australia
Enlistment date21 June 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll19 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 2 September 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 8 August 1918
Age at death from cemetery records30
Place of burialHeath Cemetery (Plot I, Row J, Grave No. 19), Harbonnieres, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during an attack. Owing to the delay caused by the enemy machine gun posts, the barrage kept getting ahead of the infantry. This warrant officer constantly went from end to end of his company and backwards and forwards from the barrage curtain to where men were being delayed, bringing them forward again. His quick insight and ability greatly contributed to the success of the operation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

Military Medal

'Is brought to notice for the splendid fighting qualities he displayed in the advance on the HINDENBURG Line in front of REINCOURT on the morning of the 11th April 1917, and subsequently in the bomb fights which took place after a footing had been obtained there, and later when the supply of bombs was practically exhausted and the situation was becoming desperate, he went out over the top under a most withering fire from Machine Guns and collected bombs from the pockets of the dead men who were lying among the wire. This act of extraordinary gallantry was repeated on a number of occasions. He is strongly recommended for distinction.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Other detailsMedals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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