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William Walter BOSWELL

Regimental number3719
Place of birthMudgee New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressWindeyer, via Mudgee, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, A W Boswell, Windeyer, via Mudgee, New South Wales
Enlistment date10 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 30 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll45th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 15 September 1916

FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919

Military Medal

'From 5th to 8th August, 1916, he worked unceasingly day and night carrying wounded near POZIERES. He particularly distinguished himself on the afternoon of 7th August, 1916, during the attack on MUNSTER ALLEY and TORR TRENCH when for three hours he bandaged wounded men and carried them as far as the aid post. All this time there was a heavy bombardment and at places the communication trenches were blown in necessitating the stretcher bearers going overland.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Bar to Military Medal

'For his gallant conduct and untiring energy in collecting and attending the wounded during the enemy attack near DERNANCOURT near ALBERT April 5th. He showed great courage in organising his stretcher bearers, seeking out the wounded, carrying them to safety and tending their wounds. Under very heavy artillery fire he worked for hours without a thought of his own safety and by his gallant conduct undoubtedly saved a number of lives. It was due to his effort that the wounded of his unit were cleared of the battlefield and his determined endurance had a very inspiring effect on all the men in his Battalion.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No.
Date: 27 November 1918

2nd Bar to Military Medal

'For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. On the morning of 18th September, 1918 his Battalion was attacking West of BELLENGLISE. This N.C.O., who was in charge of Stretcher-Bearers, remained in a heavy barrage dressing and assisting wounded. His unfaltering courage, not only prompted the admiration of the wounded, but his care and attention was of inestimable benefit to them.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 705 Driver James Harold BOSWELL, 1st Signal Squadron, returned to Australia, 3 July 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & 2 Bars, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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