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William Urban Sheedy

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William Urban Sheedy
William Urban Sheedy
12th Army Battalion
The 12th Battalion was among the first infantry units raised for the AIF during the First World War. Half of the battalion was recruited in Tasmania, a quarter was recruited in South Australia, and a quarter from Western Australia. With the 9th, 10th and 11th Battalions it formed the 3rd Brigade.

The battalion was raised within three weeks of the declaration of war in August 1914 and embarked just two months later. After a brief stop in Albany, Western Australia, the battalion proceeded to Egypt, arriving in early December. The 3rd Brigade was the covering force for the ANZAC landing on 25 April 1915 and so was the first ashore at around 4:30 am. Lieutenant Colonel L. F. Clarke, commander of the 12th Battalion, was killed by a sniper within hours of the landing. The battalion was heavily involved in establishing and defending the front line of the ANZAC position, and in August contributed two companies to the attack on Lone Pine. It was the only battalion in the brigade to do so. The 12th served at ANZAC until the evacuation in December.
Death Bio
Award: Military Medal

The Military Medal (MM) was (until 1993) a military decoration awarded to personnel of the British Army and other services, and formerly also to personnel of other Commonwealth countries, below commissioned rank, for bravery in battle on land.

Lest We Forget
Company Sergeant Major

















































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Rank: Company Sergeant Major
Unit: 12th Australian Infantry Battalion
Service: Australian Army
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Date of death: 18 May 1918
Place of death: France
Cause of death: Died of wounds
Award: Military Medal
Service Number:361
Army Bio
Date Of Death: 18th May 1918
Place Of Death: France
Cause Of Death: Died of Wounds
Age At Death: 24
Award
William was a company sergeant major (CSM) which is the senior non-commissioned soldier of a company in the armies of many Commonwealth countries, responsible for administration, standards and discipline. In combat, his prime responsibility is the supply of ammunition to the company. He also oversees the distribution of other supplies such as water or food,
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