THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
DEUCHRASS William
36573, Company Sergeant Major, 2nd Battalion, Otago Regiment

CITATION
Distinguished Conduct Medal
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on the 24th August 1918, during the operations round Bapaume.  In the face of very heavy shell and machine-gun fire he did very good work in reorganising the company when the attack was held up.  When the company was well advanced he noticed a tank in difficulties, and the crew who were locked in were calling for help.  At great personal risk he went forward and liberated them by bursting open the door with a crowbar.  The tank at the time was drawing heavy fire from artillery, anti-tank and machine-guns

AWARDS
Distinguished Conduct Medal
British War Medal
Victory Medal

NOTES
Born 23 July 1893, Dunedin, NZ
Died 3 January 1965, Dunedin, NZ