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William Brocklehurst CORNISH

Regimental number1893
Place of birthDubbo New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressScoble, Whylandra via Dubbo, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs Margaret Cornish, Whylandra via Dubbo, New South Wales
Enlistment date1 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll15 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name54th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/71/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A37 Barambah on 23 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll54th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 4 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 14 January 1919

Military Medal

'Whilst the 54th Battalion was acting as Reserve Battalion for 14th Australian Brigade from 28-9-17 to 28-9-17, 2 and half Companies were located on the Eastern edge of NONNEBOSCHEN. On the 26th September 1917 (the day of the attack on POLYGON WOOD) the area occupied by this force was very heavily shelled resulting in 18 other ranks being killed and 65 other ranks wounded (almost 50% of the casualties). During this trying period Private CORNISH volunteered to act as Stretcher Bearer. he dressed wounded and made no less than nine trips along a heavily shelled track (the GLENCOURSE WOOD track) to the R.A.P. in GLENCOURSE WOOD and the A.D.S. at CLAPHAM JUNCTION. His gallantry and devotion to duty set a splendid example to his comrades under the most trying circumstances.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 23 May 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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