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Charles George WILLIAMS

Regimental number722
Place of birthBrisbane Queensland
ReligionMethodist
OccupationMotor driver
Address43 Marmion Street, Camperdown, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs Phoebe Matilda Williams, Marmion Street, Camperdown, New South Wales
Enlistment date1 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name17th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 12 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 December 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Military Medal

'On morning of 14th May, 1918 near MORLANCOURT, when enemy attacked our line, this N.C.O. was with a bombing section that held back a strong enemy bombing attack down our trench, sufficiently to enable a block to be established. Corporal WILLIAMS did good work and set a fine example in holding the enemy back and prtocecting a Lewis gun by bombing when the enemy were in front and rear of the section of trench.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Bar to Military Medal

'During the attack on MONT ST. QUENTIN, near PERONNE, on 31st August 1918, and after the objective had been gained, this N.C.O. went forward with a party to mop up the village. He, single handed, dealt with numerous enemy snipers, and either killed or captured the occupants of the enemy posts that were holding up the advance. Later, when the enemy counter attacked, he volunteered personally to man and fire a Lewis Gun which was out in a forward position, and on which three No. 1's had been wounded in 15 minutes. He was wounded whilst manning this gun which he kept in action for a considerable time under very heavy rifle and machine gun fire. This N.C.O.'s behaviour during the whole of the operations is worthy of the highest praise, and was an example of daring and devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal, Military Medal.
Date of death22 May 1959

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