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Douglas Gordon WILLIAMS

Regimental number2238
Place of birthBlinman, South Australia
Address55 Second Avenue, St. Peters, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Williams, 55 Second Avenue, St. Peters, South Australia
Enlistment date18 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Light Horse Regiment, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/8/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 16 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollBombardier
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 22 May 1919

Military Medal

'On the morning of 29th October, 1917, east of WESTHOEK, drivers of the 113th Battery were engaged in packing ammunition to the gun pits. The party came under very heavy enemy fire on the corduroy road and other ammunition carrying parties turned back. No. 2238 Gunner Douglas Gordon WILLIAMS together with two of his comrades, realising the importance of their task, proceeded to carry up their ammunition through the barrage. The action of these men inspired the remainder of the party to follow, with the result that the ammunition which was much required at the battery was duly delivered. This man has always set a high example to his comrades and his conduct on this occasion is deserving of special recognition. Awarded Military Medal 19th November, 1917.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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