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William John CHADWICK

Regimental number717
Place of birthHobart, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
Address'Hillgrove', Taroona, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation35
Next of kinFather, G Chadwick, 'Hillgrove', Taroona, Tasmania
Previous military service93rd Infantry
Enlistment date3 January 1917
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 January 1917
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 4, Reinforcement 13
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/9/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 21 June 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll41st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 June 1919

Military Medal

'On 29th September, 1918, during operations South of BONY, Private CHADWICK as No. 2 to a Lewis Gun which had been mounted on the parapet to put a hostile machine gun out of action, kept the Lewis Gun supplied with magazines while under fire from at least 5 enemy machine guns, until the hostile gun was put out of action. Later in the day Private CHADWICK observed an enemy party working down a Communication trench. Taking his Lewis Gun, he brought fire to bear on them, causing casualties to the enemy and thus preventing any further advance by them. Under very heavy enemy machine gun fire he covered the advance of our bombers who succeeded in clearing the trench. His courage and coolness prevented a strong party of the enemy from reaching our trench.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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