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William Patrick RYAN

Regimental number120
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressWarwick, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, Michael Ryan, Daneroo via Warwick, Queensland
Enlistment date18 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Light Horse Regiment, A Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/19/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 13 May 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 1 July 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in action near ZONNEBEKE on 26th September, 1917. He handled his section with great dash and skill and time after time lead his section against enemy posts which were harrassing the advance. He set a very fine example to his men, always bright and cheerful he kept his section well in hand and thus was able on two occasions to concentrate all the fire of his section on small enemy parties, and inflicted heavy casualties on them. His work throughout was most praiseworthy.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death5 June 1968
Age at death75
Place of burialWarwick War Cemetery, Queensland

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