William Melville DEVINE MM

William Melville Devine MM Photo:
State Library of Queensland
Birthplace
Drayton
Resided
Toowoomba
Occupation
Fireman
Enlisted
26-July-1915
Place
Toowoomba
Age
20
Status
Single
Service No
3323
Rank
Private
Unit
9th Battalion, 11th Reinforcements
Embarked
21-October-1915
Place
Brisbane
Active Service
Western Front
Highest rank
Lieutenant
Honours and Awards
Military Medal
Fate
How Died
Died of wounds
Date
6 April 1918
Place
France
Cemetery or Memorial
Gesaincourt Communal Cemetery Extension, France
Notes

Also named on Toowoomba Mothers’ Memorial, St Stephen’s Uniting Church Toowoomba Fallen Soldiers’ Memorial, P.A.F.S.O.A. Beaconsfield Lodge Honour Board and Drayton War Memorial.

 

Brother of 2627 Driver James Robert Carson Devine.

 

William Devine transferred to the newly-raised 49th Battalion in Egypt and arrived in France in June 1916 where he was promoted to Lieutenant. In November he was shot accidently and evacuated to England, returning to France in May 1917. On 23 March 1918 he was wounded in action near Amiens but stayed on duty until admitted to the 3rd Casualty Clearing Station on 6 April. He died soon after and was buried the next day. He was 22.

 

Military Medal citation: "His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to award the Military Medal for bravery in the Field." (Awarded 11 November 1916)

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