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William Stanley CANNAM

Regimental number1821
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressMrs. Jane Cannam, Lester Street, Eaglehawk, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs. Jane Cannam, Lester Street, Eaglehawk, Victoria
Enlistment date20 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Light Horse Regiment, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/14/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 11 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 15 May 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'During the period 25 February to 16 September, 1918, he has been of most valuable assistance to his battery commander by the manner in which he has on several occasions kept his gun in action under heavy fire. After the hostile attack on Villers-Bretonneux on 24 April when his battery was heavily shelled, he showed great courage and coolness. On 9 August, he kept his gun in action under very heavy fire, until the operation was concluded, and then promptly assisted in the removal of the wounded. Throughout the advance he has shown marked gallantry and devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

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