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William P. Carrick


2nd Machine Gun Battalion

Medals Earned

  • British War Medal
  • 1914-15 Star
  • Military Medal
  • Victory Medal

Tree Information

  • Species: Ulmus Sp.
  • Planted By: Miss M. Sweatman
  • Plaque: 930

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Born in Hawthorn, Victoria a Clerk by trade, William Carrick was 23 years and single when enlisted on the 27th of March 1915 in the 24th Battalion, D Company, Australian Imperial Force, with the rank of Private, Number 843, and was listed as returned to Australia on the 15th of May 1919. His Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 'Euripides' on the 10th of May 1915. Fate Returned to Australia 15 May 1919. Discharge date 3 September 1919. Appointed Lance Corporal, 10 November 1916. Recommendations (Medals and Awards) Distinguished Conduct Medal (Altered to Military Medal) Work near Framerville on the 9th of August 1918. Recommendation date: 20 August 1918. 'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at Framerville near Amiens on the 9th August, 1918. When the Infantry had gone beyond their objective and exposed their flank, Sergeant Carrick quickly realising the danger moved two guns to the left flank under heavy Machine Gun fire and broke up a large party of the enemy who were trying to force their way into our flank. He saved the situation, and by silencing one enemy Machine Gun and keeping the sniping down, he enabled the infantry to withdraw to the correct line with few casualties, himself remaining in No Man's Land until the line had been consolidated.' Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109 Date: 15 September 1919. War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front Admitted to No 1 Canadian Stationary Hospital, Mudros, 22 December 1915 (tonsillitis); returned from hospital, 26 December 1915; disembarked Alexandria from Mudros, 10 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation). Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 24 March 1916. Wounded in action, 16 March 1917 (gunshot wound, chest), and admitted to 6th Field Ambulance; transferred same day to Casualty Clearing Station; to 9th General Hospital, Rouen, 20 March 1917 (gunshot wound, abdomen wall); to Australian General Base Depot, Camiers, 1 April 1917; re-joined unit, 15 April 1917. Marched in to Machine Gun Training Depot, Grantham, 4 November 1917; proceeded overseas to France, 1 March 1918. Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Ypiringa', 15 May 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 5 July 1919; appointment terminated (discharged), 3 September 1919. Promoted Temporary Corporal, 4 May 1917; Corporal 17 July 1917. Commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant on probation, 6 January 1919; promoted Lieutenant, 6 April 1919. Tree No. 930

Location in Ballarat Avenue of Honour