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Gladston Ewart Houston Wilberforce WLKINSON

Regimental number6413
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPlumber
AddressBankstown, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, J H Wilkinson, Police Station, Bankstown, New South Wales
Enlistment date30 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 11 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 25 September 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on 8 and 9 August 1918, east of Amiens. In the second attack, when the battalion had progressed 600 yards beyond the objective, and nearly all officers and N.C.O.'s were casualties, he took command of fifteen or twenty men and consolidated. After three runners had been wounded, he took a message back to battalion headquarters himself. The next day he was the only one of a party who volunteered to bring up S.A.A. to a newly captured position who got through with his load. His fighting spirit was an inspiration to his comrades throughout the attack.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

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