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William Edward ESTE

Regimental number6031
Place of birthStoke Newington England
OccupationHat manufacturer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, H W Este, 16 Church Road, Stoke-Newington, London, England
Enlistment date24 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1 Australian General Hospital 1-6 Special Reinforcements
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 11 October 1915
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Work near Zonnebeke on 4, 5, and 10 October 1917.'
Recommendation date: 15 October 1917

Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)see other

Military Medal

'Worked carrying stretchers between the Cordial Factory at ZONNEBEKE to next Relay Post for 24 hours on 4th and 5th October, 1917, part of that time under heavy shell fire. He then worked for 12 hours from a R.A.P. in front of the Cordial Factory along a very difficult carry, subject almost continuously to a heavy fire until sent back by the R.M.O. on account of the intensity of the shelling. He continued working on our left carry and was wounded during the morning of 9th October, 1917. He refused to leave his work and carried on for several hours until 2 p.m. when he was ordered by the Warrant Officer to stop work. On 10th October, 1917, he returned to duty from the A.D.S. and worked on one of our "Back Carries". His wound was a shrapnel one of the shoulder and though it did not incapacitate him would have been quite sufficient for him to go off duty to the dressing station. His courage and determination were a direct stimulation to his men, who were all having a most trying time of it.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 23 May 1918

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