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William James BYRNE

Regimental number3233
Place of birthMaryborough Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressBazaar Street off Queens Street, Maryborough, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation35
Next of kinMother, Mrs K Byrne, Bazaar Street off Queens Street, Maryborough, Queensland
Enlistment date21 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 21 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 5 September 1916

FateReturned to Australia 10 December 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'These two men are stretcher bearers and are specially brought to notice for their courage and endurance in action 26th/29th August, 1916, near FERME DU MOUQUET. They succeeded in rescuing and carrying back their wounded from No Man's Land at all times being under enemy artillery fire. They worked from advanced dressing station to the front line during this time and were to a large extent responsible for the quick and careful evacuation of our wounded under exceptionally difficult conditions. No. 3233 Private W.J. BYRNE has been previously recommended for excellent work during period 5th/10th August, 1916, in action north of POZIERES.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

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

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