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Horace Patrick WILSON

Regimental number157
Place of birthBroken Hill, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationOrchardist
AddressClentaft, Victoria Park, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMrs K T Williams, Beaconsfield PO, Beaconsfield Fremantle, Western Australia
Enlistment date8 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 26 June 1918
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialSt Pierre Cemetery (Plot XIII, Row E, Grave No. 2), Amiens, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
81
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Kenneth and Elizabeth WILSON
Medals

Military Medal

'Is brought under notice for splendid behaviour and gallantry during the operations near ZONNEBEKE on the 26th September, 1917. At an early stage in the attack on the Red Line, his Platoon Commander became a casualty. He took command of the Platoon at once, and with splendid gallantry and fine initiative, led it forward. On reaching his objective, he got his men undercover as quickly as possible, and whilst they were digging, he, by his cool and cheerful example, inspired confidence in them. Whilst the task of consolidating was in progress, he was wounded, but he refused to go back to a dressing station, and remained in the front line until the Battalion was relieved. He was instrumental in securing a number of prisoners and displayed great courage in attending a number of wounded under heavy artillery fire. He is strongly recommended for high distinction.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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