McGILLEN, William Peter
36472, Company Sergeant Major, 2nd Battalion, NZ Rifle Brigade

CITATION
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Gazetted 3 June 1919
On 26th October 1918, in front of Le Quesnoy, he took his Lewis gun and five men  to a forward position, from which he broke up several attempts by the enemy to counter-attack. He stuck to his advanced position, and, though isolated, held on till he was relieved thirty-six hours later. On 4th November he personally rushed a house and killed five of the enemy with a bomb and captured fourteen more

AWARDS
Distinguished Conduct Medal
British War Medal
Victory Medal

NOTES
Born 21 January 1893, Temuka, New Zealand
Died 11 February 1982, Timaru, New Zealand
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