William MCGRATH MC

MCGRATH, William

Service Numbers: 268, 268 - WW1, V80058 - WW2
Enlisted: 23 September 1914
Last Rank: Major
Last Unit: 12th Garrison Battalion
Born: Taradale, Victoria, 12 February 1887
Home Town: South Melbourne, Port Phillip, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
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Peacetime

23 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1

World War 1 Service

25 Feb 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 268, 8th Light Horse Regiment
25 Feb 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 268, 8th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Star of Victoria, Melbourne

World War 2 Service

29 Sep 1939: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, SN 268 - WW1, V80058 - WW2, 12th Garrison Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW2
29 Jul 1940: Involvement AIF WW1, Major, SN 268 - WW1, V80058 - WW2, 12th Garrison Battalion, Homeland Defence - Militia and non deployed forces

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Biography

Enlisted in World War One and embarked overseas with the 8th Light Horse Regiment as a Corporal. Was promoted throughout the war to the rank of Major and was awarded the Military Cross. 

Re-enlisted in World War Two. Was appointed as a Captain in the 12th Garrison Battalion and was medically discharged from the same uni in 1944 with the rank of Major and holding the position of Second in Command.  

 

Awarded:

Military Cross

1914/15 Star: 4287

British War Medal: 7681

Victory Medal: 7597 

War Medal - for WWII

Australian Service Medal - for WWII

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