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George Frederick WILLIAMS

Regimental number5238
Place of birthCarlton Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPicture dealer
Address206 Glenferrie Road, Malvern, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation38
Next of kinWife, Mr E Willims, 206 Glenferrie Road, Malvern, Victoria
Enlistment date1 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 1 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 9 April 1918
Place of burialVillers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery (Plot II, Row A, Grave No. 9), Fouilloy, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial

Military Medal

'At BROODSEINDE RIDGE east of YPRES on 15th October, 1917, this N.C.O. displayed courage and coolness when out with a daylight patrol. With two men he went to examine a pillbox on the eastern edge of CELTIC WOOD through a hail of machine gun and rifle fire, and artillery all directed to the locality by an aeroplane which was flying low and using its machine gun. There were ten Germans in the box but five escaped by a side exist and Corporal WILLIAMS with one man was detailed to outflank them. His assistant was killed but WILLIAMS with great coolness succeeded in killing three of the enemy by his rifle fire and it is considered that the remainder were hit. He proved invaluable to the patrol officer and set a magnificent example to the men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Croix de Guerre (Belgium)

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, Croix de Guerre (Belgium), British War Medal, Victory Medal

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