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Rayner Trather WILLIAMS

Regimental number11552
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
Address44 Dulwich Street, Dulwich Hill, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMother, Mrs Williams, 44 Dulwich Street, Dulwich Hill, New South Wales
Enlistment date6 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit name5th Field Artillery Brigade, Reinforcement 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/33/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board RMS Osterley on 15 January 1916
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 15 May 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Trather spelt Trathen

Military Medal

'For conspicuous courage and splendid devotion to duty on the night 4th/5th October, 1918, at JOINCOURT at 0130 an Order had to be despatched to Batteries for an operation taking place at 0535 5th October, 1918. Gunner WILLIAMS was sent with these urgent orders and knowing the importance of getting these despatches delivered quickly, persevered through a heavy barrage and delivered all his despatches. His personal courage and strong sense of duty under these perilous conditions was instrumental in enabling the Batteries to fully cooperate in the important barrage required to fully support the Infantry in their attack on BEAUREVOIR.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 119
Date: 17 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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