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William Edwin Loftus James WARLAND

Regimental number635
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBoilermaker
AddressWardell Road, Dulwich Hill, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs M A Vercoe, Wardell Road, Dulwich Hill, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date5 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll30 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Light Trench Mortar Battery
FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'At POLYGON WOOD - East of YPRES - during operations from 26th/30th September 1917, this N.C.O. displayed conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. A few minutes after Zero, the garrison of a Strong Point which had been overlooked in the advance, commenced bombing the Infantry from the rear. Lance Corporal WARLAND rushed the Strong Point firing his rifle, and, using his bayonet with great effect captured the garrison. In the lat stages of the advance on to the final objective, this N.C.O. was continually to the front rendering most valuable service, and was of great assistance to his Section Commander. His fearlessness and devotion to duty is deserving of very high praise.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Bar to Military Medal

'On the night 28th/29th July the 29th Battalion attacked and captured enemy trench opposite MORLANCOURT. Sergeant WARLAND's gun crew took over a Stokes Mortar in the attack, to cover flank of left Company. Although this Sergeant was wounded before leaving our tench he carried on and succeeded in establishing his gun in old German line on left flank. He fired on and silenced two machine guns and a light minenwerfer which were causing casualties amongst our troops, and only returned to have his wound dressed when ordered to do so by the Company Commander. The gallantry, devotion to duty and excellent example shown were great incentives to his crew and other troops in the vicinity.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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