William Carroll

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William Carroll
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Personal Information
Date of Birth not known
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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
Description 5'8¼' (1.73m) tall ; 137 lbs
62.142 kg
; fresh complexion ; blue eyes ; auburn hair
Occupation Railway porter
Religion Church of England
Address Mundijong, Western Australia
Next of Kin Mother , Mrs Mary Elizabeth Carroll
Military Information
Reg Number 4472
Date of Enlistment 19 Oct 1915
Rank Private
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
Fate Wounded in Action 30 May 1916 Sailly-Sur-Lys
Returned to Australia
Monument Mundijong Honour Roll
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal



Pre War

War Service

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."[1]

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.

Post War

Electoral Roll entries - 1918

Notes

  1. 11th Infantry Battalion War Diary for May 1916 page 6 of 9

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