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William George SELWAY

Regimental number1499
Place of birthExeter England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarm hand
AddressRichmond House, Richmond, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinE Selway, Queens Hotel, Beira, East Africa
Enlistment date24 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 2, Brigade Ammunition Column
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/30/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A27 Southern on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Field Artillery Brigade
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Medals

Military Medal

'On the night of 31st October/1st November 1917 during a very heavy Gas and H.E. bombardment of ANZAC RIDGE N.E. of WESTHOEK a Dugout at the Battery position was hit by a Gas shell. These N.C.O.'s at once - regardless of the falling shells dug out three men who had been buried, two of whom were dead. The third they put on a stretcher and carried him through the heavy barrage to an Aid Post, but on arrival he was found to be dead. These N.C.O.s showed great personal courage and set a splendid example in their heroic attempt to save these men's lives - regardless of their own safety.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

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

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