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William Donald DICKSON

Regimental number1611
Place of birthMareeba Queensland
AddressMareeba, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, William Dickson, Mareeba, Queensland
Enlistment date11 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name47th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/64/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board SS Hawkes Bay on 20 April 1916
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: 15 June 1917

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 16 May 1918

Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Name does not appear on Nominal Roll
Place of burialVillers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy (Plot XIX, Row A, Grave 2), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Son of William and Margaret Jane Dickson, Glenroy, Mareeba, Queensland

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in taking charge of his platoon when his seniors had become casualties. He kept it under control in trying moments, handling his men with great ability and determination. He was greatly instrumental for the excellent morale which prevailed throughout.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Military Medal

'At VILLERS BRETONNEUX on 16th May, 1918.After one N.C.O. had been mortally wounded in going out to No Man's Land to rescue the wounded pilot of a crashed British plane Sergeant DICKSON promptly volunteered to assist bringing both in. He went out under a fierce and continuous machine gun fire and regardless of danger succeeded in conjunction with Sergeant FITZGERALD in bringing the pilot in. He made another trip to bring in the other N.C.O. His fearlessness and prompt action were very inspiring to all ranks.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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