Bill McCann

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Bill McCann (1892–1957) was a decorated soldier of World War I, a barrister, and a prominent figure in the military and ex-service community of South Australia during the interwar period. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force as a private in 1914, and rose through the ranks to be commissioned during the Gallipoli campaign of 1915. In 1916–1918 he fought on the Western Front in France and Belgium, was wounded twice, and rose to the rank of major. For his gallantry on 10 August 1918 at Crépey Wood, he was made a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order. Returning home, McCann became a barrister, and was active in returned servicemen's organisations. He was state prices commissioner and deputy Commonwealth prices commissioner from 1938 to 1954. In recognition of his work with the ex-service community, McCann was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1935, and a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1956.

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