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William Henry SUTHERLAND

Regimental number3257
Place of birthGeelong Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBoundary rider
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinWife, Mrs K Sutherland, 18 Weller Street, Geelong, Victoria
Enlistment date24 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll14 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 2, Reinforcement 1
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/30/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll1st A Division ATM Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 8 October 1918

Military Medal

'At INFERNO DUMP, North of ZILLEBEKE on the night of 27th October, 1917, the N.C.O. and two men named [SUTHERLAND and 3015 John James FRASER] were on Guard at this Dump and at about 9.0'clock p.m. it was set on fire by an enemy incendiary shell. Although several boxes of ammunition had exploded they started to put out the fire by throwing burning boxes into shell holes full of water and by pouring water on the dump which was alight in several places. After much exertion, and with the assistance of the remaining members of Y.I.A. Battery, (the party in charge of the dump) who quickly came to their assistance, the fire was extinguished. The three mentioned men were utterly fearless in a time of great danger, showing splendid courage and devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Date of death18 June 1972
Place of burialCheltenham Memorial Park Cemetery

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