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William Henry Thornhill BURRELL

Regimental number3461
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSignalman
AddressCamperdown, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs J Burrell, 51 Dumblane Street, Camperdown, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date4 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollBroad Gauge Railway
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal (Altered to Military Medal)


Recommendation date: 25 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 11 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the attack on 20th September 1917 near WESTHOEK this stretcher bearer continually carried back from the front line wounded men through intense shell fire, showing absolute disregard for danger. On two occcasions he went forward from our lines into our own barrage and rescued men who were lying there wounded. Later when badly wounded he refused to allow himself to be carried and made his own way to the rear.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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