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William Joseph Robert CHEESEMAN

Place of birthWickham, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationManager, stationery department
Address125 Fern Street, Islington, Newcastle, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinWife, Mrs Margurite R T Cheeseman, 125 Fern Street, Islington, Newcastle, New South Wales
Enlistment date18 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name30th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 9 November 1915
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 30706 (28 May 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 165 (24 October 1918).

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31448 (11 July 1919); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 124 (30 October 1919).

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29890 (2 January 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103 (29 June 1917).

Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Joseph and Annie CHEESMAN

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He showed the utmost coolness and initiative when commanding an outpost line. They were surprised and outflanked by a strong enemy force, which broke through. He at once organized a counter attack and succeeded in driving back the enemy and restoring the outpost line again.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Distinguished Service Order

'North of Bellicourt on the 1st October, 1918, he showed marked gallantry and initiative. His battalion had to attack at dawn, and to reach the start line had to move over a mile and a half of ground, intersected by the Hindenburg system, in the dark. When dawn broke they came under heavy converging machine gun fire, and he got his men into artillery columns and personally led them over to the start line, and got the atack up in line with the flank troops. Later in the day he made a reconnaissance forward under exceptionally heavy fire, and obtained most valuable information.
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 10
Date: 29 January 1920

Legion D'Honneur : Croix de Chevalier (France)

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, Distinguished Service Order, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death24 April 1938
Age at death44
Place of burialSandgate Cemetery (died Adelaide)

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