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Samuel James WILLIAMS

Regimental number1199
Place of birthStratford, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressMunro PO., Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 9.25"
Weight189 lbs
Next of kinFather, W L Williams, Munro PO, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for almost 4 years in 10th Australian Light Horse Regiment, Citizen Military Forces; member for 6 years, Stratford Rifle Club.
Enlistment date10 June 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Light Horse Regiment, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/9/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 20 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Light Horse Regiment
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'During operations of 4th LH Regt near KHIRBAT on 25-6-17 he was in charge of a covering party supporting the retirement of a rear guard troop and while his party were retiring a horse fell stunning its rider 1309A Tpr Prior. Corp Williams immediately rode back under heavy rifle and Machine Gun fire and brought back Trp Prior on his (Williams') horse, Prior's having galloped away. Lieut. AUSTIN witnessed this action.'
Recommendation date: 29 June 1917

FateReturned to Australia 28 December 1917

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette'
Date: 20 December 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Palestine

Commenced return to Australia on board HMNZT 'Tofua', 28 December 1917; disembarked Melbourne, 30 January 1918; discharged, Melbourne, 24 May 1918.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death20 June 1957
Place of burialCoburg Cemetery, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, WILLIAMS Samuel James

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