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August 23, 2016



by vipsinc


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.’

To learn more about Sgt W Gilbert or his employer, visit

or the Mining Mud & Medals Wiki:

(Image via google – Military Cross)

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Aug 24 2016

    Curious. Sergeants weren’t eligible for the MC, you had to be at least a warrant officer, and awards to them were very rare

    • Jan 11 2017

      sorry for the late reply but it seems he did get an MCWilliam Gilbert MC


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