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|Date of Birth||
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|Place of Birth||Gorton, Manchester, England|
|Death||22 Oct 1953|
|Place of Death||Shenton Park, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||22 years, 6 months|
5'8¼' (1.73m) tall ; 137 lbs|
62.142 kg; fresh complexion ; blue eyes ; auburn hair
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Mundijong, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Mother , Mrs Mary Elizabeth Carroll|
|Date of Enlistment||19 Oct 1915|
|Unit/Formation||11th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement / 3rd Brigade, 1st Division|
|Date of Embarkation||12 Feb 1916 ‒ 10 Mar 1916|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A28 Miltiades|
|Date of Return||
21 Jul 1917 ‒ ?|
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|Ship Returned On||HMAT A14 Euripides|
Wounded in Action 30 May 1916 Sailly-Sur-Lys |
Returned to Australia
Mundijong Honour Roll |
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
British War Medal |
On arrival in Egypt William was sent to the 3rd Training Battalion to undertake his war readiness training. While at Zeitoun he missed a roll call and was awarded extra duties for his sin.
On 27 Mar 1916 he boarded HMT Transylvania for Marseilles, arriving on 4 Apr 1916. Travelled to Étaples where he joined the 1st Division's Base depot. On 26 Apr he was taken to the 20th General Hospital in Dannes Camier, ill.Returned to the Base Depot, he was transferred to the 11th Battalion on 25 May 1916 along with 68 other reinforcements, joining while the battalion was in the front lines. On the 30th the Battalion's war diary records
"Enemy commenced a fierce bombardment of our lines at 8:10pm, with HE, Shrapnel, Aerial torpedoes, and bombs which lasted until 9:30pm. Result 36 OR killed, 2 officers and 59 wounded and 6 missing."
William suffered shrapnel wounds to his right foot, right leg and left arm. Seen next morning by the 3rd Field Ambulance and passed to the 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, who in turn passed him to the 18th General Hospital in Camiers. On 18 Jun he was released to the 1st Division Base Depot, but within 4 days required hospitalisation in the 26th General Hospital in Étaples, suffering with Pyrexia.
On 10 Jul 1916 he was sent to Calais to embark on HMHS Dieppe for England. The next day he was admitted to the 2nd Scottish General Hospital, in Craigleith, Edinburgh. Next he was admitted on 4 Aug 1917 to a specialist mental hospital the Dykebar War Hospital in Paisley, a suburb of Glasgow. Then, on 16 Jun 1917 while waiting to return to Australia, he was admitted to the Lord Derby War Hospital (previously the Lancashire County Asylum) at Winwick.
Granted a medical discharge for dementia praecox (a chronic deteriorating psychotic disorder), he was discharged by 5th Military District on 10 Mar 1918.
Electoral Roll entries - 1918
- 11th Infantry Battalion War Diary for May 1916 page 6 of 9