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Walter Graham WITHAM

Regimental number1446
Place of birthPerth Western Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressSwan View, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, Walter Withams, Swan View, Western Australia
Enlistment date9 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Light Horse Regiment, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/15/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on 1 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Division Heavy & Medium Trench Mortar Battery
FateReturned to Australia 1 June 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When in charge of a Medium Trench Mortar Battery at Villers-Bretonneux at 3 a.m. on 2nd June 1918, the enemy placed an intense barrage of H.E. and gas on the position. Bombardier Witham led his detachment in spite of the barrage and removed the gun and ammunition. Gas helmets had to be worn continually. The building in which the mortar was in position was in flames and a direct hit had been obtained on the ammunition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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