THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
COOKSLEY William Ernest
10/3519, Corporal, 2nd Battalion, Wellington Regiment

CITATION
Distinguished Conduct Medal
For conspicuous gallantry and good leadership on 29 September 1918, near La Vacquerie.  Early in the advance his platoon commander became a casualty.  He took command, and in the course of the attack his men captured five machine guns and forty prisoners.  Later on again he led a platoon to the final objective, and formed a defensive flank which protected a wide gap

AWARDS
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Military Medal
British War Medal
Victory Medal

NOTES
Born 26 Feb 1895, Palmerston North, NZ
Died 19 September 1965, Palmerston North, NZ