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Rupert Williams was born in Broken Hill, NSW and was a Printer in Ballarat when he enlisted in the 8th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement on 7 November 1914 at the age of 22. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 19 February 1915 before joining the 59th Battalion just a few days before one of the final AIF actions of the war in which he earned a Military Medal 'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Near BELLICOURT on 29th September 1918 when his Company came under very heavy shell and machine gun fire this N.C.O. displayed the greatest bravery in moving about and organising the attack. Although wounded he continued on duty and his initiative and courage contributed largely to extricating his Company from a difficult position. By his coolness and utter disregard of personal safety under exceptionally trying circumstances he set an inspiring example to all.' Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109. He was slightly wounded in this action but was able to remain on duty. He returned to Australia on the Burma and disembarked at Melbourne on January 29th 1919.
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