From Our Contribution
|Date of Birth||not known 1871|
|Place of Birth||Wallaroo, South Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||43 years, 11 months|
5'4½" (1.64m) tall ; 116 lbs|
52.617 kg; fair complexion ; blue eyes ; grey hair
|Address||Mundijong, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Sister , Mrs Elizabeth Thorpe|
|Date of Enlistment||5 Oct 1915|
3rd Light Horse Regiment, 13th Reinforcement, transferred |
1st Field Artilery Brigade 101 (Howitzer) Battery / 1st Division
|Date of Embarkation||16 Jan 1916 ‒ 9 Feb 1916|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A30 Borda|
|Date of Return||16 Dec 1917 ‒ 13 Feb 1918|
|Ship Returned On||HMAT A61 Kanowna|
|Fate||Returned to Australian for Medical reasons|
|Monument||Mundijong Honour Roll|
British War Medal |
Enlisted in Adelaide. NOK resided in Mundijong.
Following training in South Australia, William embarked for Egypt where on 1 Mar 1916 he was taken on strength by the 1st Light Horse Reserve Regiment.
On 15 May 1916 as part of the reorganisation of forces before they went to the Western Front, Bill was transferred to the Artillery at Tel-el-Kebir. At Alexandria on 28 May 1916 he boarded HMT Corsican for Plymouth in England, arriving there on 11 Jun 1916. Bill was AWOL from Midnight 8 Jul 1916 till 2330 on 11 Jul 1916 for which he was awarded 14 days loss of pay and 14 days confined to Barracks.
Following training with the Australian Artillery Training Depot he was allocated to the 116th Howitzer Battery on 26 Oct 1916. Bill proceeded overseas to France via Southampton on 20 Mar 1917. Ten days later he was taken on strength of the 1st Field Artillery Brigade in France. Hospitalised from 7 Apr 1917 till 4 May 1917, before again requiring a period in hospital from 20 Sep 1917 with Paraphimosis.
On 4 Oct 1917 the 59th General Hospital in St Omer, France transferred him to England with Paraphimosis. He was admitted to the Boscombe Military Hospital, Hants on the 7th. Soon after it was decided to sent Bill home for medical reasons (cystitis) and age.
On 9 Nov 1917 Bill was found to be permanently unfit by a Medical Board. Discharged by 4th Military District on 21 May 1918.
Deceased prior to September 1923 when sister received his medals.