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Clarence Waight was born in Ballarat, Victoria, was single and a grocer when he enlisted with the 14th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement on 23 October 1915 at the age of 22. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 29 December 1915. He received a commission to 2nd Lieutenant while serving with the 46th Battalion and was awarded the Military Cross for, on 16 April 1917, showing æconspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He gallantly led his men forward in the face of very heavy fire, and was himself the first man to reach the enemy trenches.' During this he was wounded in action with a gunshot wound to the right shoulder. He returned home to Australia on 21 July 1917.
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