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PINKHAM William George Frederick
4/1709, Lance Corporal, Divisional Signals Company, NZ Engineers

CITATION
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Gazetted 4 March 1918
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in an attack.  All the forward signal party were casualties except himself, but he went forward alone, finding the battalion commanders together, at once laid a line to them, working with great coolness on an open slope swept with machine-gun fire.  He then brought in his officer, who was wounded, and continued the maintenance of the line.  He showed the greatest gallantry in the execution of his duty on this and many other occasions

Military Medal
Gazetted 9 December 1916
Action: Capture of Switch Trench, south east of High Wood, 15 September 1916, and following days.  I cannot speak too highly of this Sapper's work as a linesman. He was on duty at the Headquarters of the 2nd Auckland and 2nd Otago Battalions during the fighting on the above dates.  Though he had numerous difficulties to contend with and working under constant shellfire, he managed to put through not only our own Brigade work but also several messages for the 1st and 3rd Brigades.  When the Brigade again went into the frontline Sapper PINKHAM again carried out his difficult duties with the greatest success, and with an utter disregard for his personal safety.  The devotion to duty of the signals staff is beyond all praise.

AWARDS
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Military Medal
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Defence Medal
War Medal 1939-45
New Zealand War Service Medal
New Zealand Long and Efficient Service Medal
New Zealand Territorial Service Medal

NOTES
Born 16 September 1895, Picton, New Zealand
Died