William Thomas Driver
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|Date of Birth||Not known|
|Place of Birth||London, England|
|Death||16 Aug 1953, aged 78|
|Place of Death||East Cannington, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||41 years, 5 months|
5'8" (1.73m) tall ; 140lbs|
63.503 kg; fresh complexion ; blue eyes ; brown hair ; tattoo of Union Jack & American flags on chest.
|Address||c/- East Cannington Post Office, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Wife , Mrs Kathleen May Driver|
|Date of Enlistment||20 Mar 1916|
|Unit/Formation||September 1916 Reinforcements, transferred to Engineers - 2nd Tunnelling Company|
|Date of Embarkation||30 Sep 1916 ‒ 2 Dec 1916|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A23 Suffolk|
|Date of Return||16 Jun 1919 ‒ 24 Jul 1919|
|Ship Returned On||RMS Ormonde|
|Fate||Returned to Australia|
|Monument||Gosnells Road Board Honour Roll|
British War Medal |
Prior to arrival in Australia he had served for 18 years with the Indian Royal Garrison Artillery. Had been refused enlistment in the AIF previously as he could not hop!
Electoral Roll entries: 1913 at 27 Tower street, Leederville, labourer; 1914 c/- PO East Cannington; 1917 Pipe Track, Cannington, soldier.
On 20 Mar 1916 Bill entered camp and began basic training. ON 10 May 1916 he was transferred to Miners Reinforcements, which necessitated his going to Seymour in Victoria for specialist training. Departing from Melbourne, he arrived in England on 2 Dec 1916, and after a brief period at Perham Downs, was quickly moved overseas to France (on 1 Jan 1917 via Folkestone on HMT Arundel).
Initially posted to the 1st Anzac Entrenching Battalion, on 30 Mar 1917 he was taken on strength by the 2nd Tunnelling Company. From 4 - 13 Apr 1917 he was ill, no indication in his records as to the nature of the illness.
From 10 - 14 Jan 1919 Bill was granted leave in Paris. On 25 Mar 1919 Bill presented to the amalgamated 5/6/7th Australian Field Ambulance with influenza. Passed on to the 20th Casualty Clearing Station the same day, and on 30 Mar 1919 he was placed on Ambulance Train14 for Boulogne where he was admitted to the 7th Stationary Hospital on 31 Mar 1919. On 4 Apr 1919 he was released fro hospital and sent to the Base Depot before rejoining his unit on 11 Apr 1919.
Returned to England on 26 Apr 1919, he entered the No 2 Command Depot for return to Australia processing. On his return he was discharged by the 5th Military District on 31 Aug 1919.
Electoral Roll entries: 1925 - 1949 Pipe Track, Cannington, labourer (during all of this time his wife Kathleen May maintained her address as c/- East Cannington Post office). Following Bill's death, Kathleen May moved to 60 Carnarvon street, Victoria Park where she lived until 22 Oct 1980, when aged 96 she died in East Victoria Park.