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Ballarat East tunneller William Gilbert was a 27 year old, married well borer who served a seven year apprenticeship at the Phoenix Foundry in Ballarat. He studied Maths at the Ballarat School of Mines in 1903.

In June 1918, Sgt William Gilbert was presented with a Military Cross. The accompanying citation recorded he had been nominated for the Award for,
‘…conspicuous gallantry and untiring devotion to duty. From 29th September to 1st October 1918, in the vicinity of Bellicourt and Estrees, he repeatedly carried out forward reconnaissances under continuous shell fire, and obtained valuable information on location and condition of wells, roads, cellars and dug-outs, and furnished the first reconnaissance reports of the captured portion of the Bellicourt Tunnel.’

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(Image via google – Military Cross)