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Clifford Charles WILLS

Regimental number9122
Place of birthForest Hill England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarm labourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, H C Wills, 12 Melrose Road, Barnes, Surrey, England
Enlistment date20 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit name2nd Divisional Ammunition Column
AWM Embarkation Roll number25/90/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A39 Port Macquarie on 16 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Field Artillery Brigade
Fate22 September 1918
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)No fate recorded on Nominal Roll of Office of War Graves
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialHancourt British Cemetery (Row B, Grave No. 4), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Henry Charles and Ellen Mary WILLS, 54 Inwood Road, Hounslow, England

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'He has been a member of the battery since its formation. For some time he was N.C.O. in charge of the signallers. Apart from his technical ability and leadership, he has frequently shown gallantry and fearless bearing under fire. On one occasion when the battery was heavily shelled and the personnel withdrawn, he maintained a telephone post in the open trench under fire for five hours, refusing relief, and keeping touch with his group headquarters for the information of his battery commander. He has done consistent good work.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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