William Richard LANDER

LANDER, William Richard

Service Number: 2637
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 49th Infantry Battalion
Born: Not yet discovered
Home Town: Eudlo, Sunshine Coast, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Killed in action, Belgium, 12 October 1917, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Eudlo "In Memoriam" Honour Roll, Eudlo Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient), Nambour Heroes Walk, Nambour Maroochy Shire War Dead Memorial
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World War 1 Service

7 Oct 1916: Involvement Private, SN 2637, 49th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
7 Oct 1916: Embarked Private, SN 2637, 49th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Sydney
31 Jul 1917: Involvement Third Ypres
12 Oct 1917: Involvement Lance Corporal, SN 2637, 49th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres

Bravery Recommendation

This soldier's service record shows that On 17 Sep 1917, the Commanding Officer of the 49th Bn recommended Private William Lander for a bravery award. The "Action for which commended" reads:

" In the battle of MESSINES, 7/9 June, 1917. This man was the only on of his Lewis Gun team who succeeded in reaching the final objective. Immediately on gaining the objective he put his gun into position and with commendable bravery and coolness, worked it single handed, in the face of fierce artillery and machine gun fire.
He and his gun were twice buried. When he was dug out, he secured his gun, cleaned it and continued to work it. He also very ably assisted in the consolidation of the line.
A great amount of credit is due to this soldier for his undoubted courage, coolness and cheerfulness, which went for towards cheering all those who ca=me into contact with him"

Sadly, his record indicates that the recommendation was never forwarded to the next level for actioned and no commendation or award was ever issued.

On 12 October 1917, less than a month later, he was killed at Passchendaele, Ypres, Belgium.

Vale William... from one old digger, I salute you.

Dan Lander
QLD

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