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William FLEMING

Regimental number5437
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationSlater
Address39 Brougham Street, North Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinSister, Sarah Fleming, Bonnet Hill, Dundee, Scotland
Enlistment date10 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll10 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name5th Field Company Engineers, Reinforcement 2
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/24/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 17 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Company, Australian Army Service Corps
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Awarded on 26 December 1916.
Recommendation date: 11 December 1916

FateReturned to Australia 19 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'At GUEUDECOURT on 6th December, 1916. A working party in front line came under barrage fire of heavy shells; Corporal FLEMING was mainly instrumental in guiding them to a place of safety. He then returned and searched the trench for a missing man being twice knocked over by the concussion of shells during the search, found, and brought him in. When the fire slackened he brought the party back onto the work and completed it besides clearing and repairing the front line. During the whole time he showed the greatest coolness and initiative.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 116
Date: 25 July 1917

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