William Bruce WARNES
British Empire Medal
Sergeant William Warnes enlisted in the Australian Regular Army on 30th September 1954 and joined the 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment on 5th March 1964. Since 1965 he has been employed in the Battalion Pay Office, and has served with 4 th Battalion in Australia, Malaya, Borneo and South Vietnam.
On return of the Battalion’s advance party from Malaya in August 1967 there was a rapid build up of soldiers in the Battalion and Sergeant Warnes was confronted with the entire pay administration of some four hundred soldiers. He was able to complete this successfully and his meticulous approach ensured that there were no errors and no aspects left incomplete.

Again during the Battalion’s tour of duty in South Vietnam Sergeant Warnes was solely responsible for the extremely high standard of pay procedures maintained in 4th Battalion. Early in the tour the Battalion pay sergeant was returned to Australia for medical reasons, and Sergeant Warnes, who was then a corporal, continued to carry the complete burden of this demanding work himself.

He has worked tirelessly and unsupervised for extremely long hours without any assistance and is completely selfless in ensuring that all pay matters are attended to efficiently. His unfailing courtesy and cheerfulness are renowned throughout the Battalion and no soldier finds it difficult to claim his personal attention at any time.

Through his knowledge of pay procedures and his hard work Sergeant Warnes has become a most reliable member of the Headquarters team and has contributed greatly to the efficiency of the Battalion’s administration. His dedication has been an example to all within the unit.

British Empire Medal