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William George ROSS

Regimental number15258
Place of birthGolden Grove South Australia
AddressRudall, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinFather, John Ross, Golden Grove, South Australia
Enlistment date6 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit nameSeptember 1916 Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/42/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 7 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Field Company Engineers
FateReturned to Australia 9 March 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty while employed with Bangalore torpedoes during a raid. He got right up to the enemy's wire without being observed, but almost immediately after an enemy bomb landed in the wire, between the two torpedoes. Notwithstanding the danger from explosion, he remained absolutely quiet. His cool behaviour enabled his party to successfully surprise the enemy.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

Date of death28 June 1980

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