He was a bank clerk with the National Bank of Australia in Nhill, VIC when he enlisted in the AIF on the 14th of July 1916, aged just 18 - his parents' consent having been given. Wilfred embarked aboard the HMAT A71 Nestor in October with the 21st Reinforcements, 7th Battalion.
In November 1916 Wilfred disembarked at Plymouth, England and a month later was hospitalised for two weeks with bronchitis. In March 1917 he joined the 7th Battalion in France but on the 4th of October, during the Battle of Broodseinde Ridge, Belgium, he was wounded in action and admitted to hospital in Etaples, France suffering a gunshot wound to the chest and hand.
After he was wounded he was carried by German prisoners, with five other wounded soldiers, in single file for a mile. The five others were killed by a shell, which bruised his shoulder in addition to his other wounds.Source: The Bacchus Marsh Express 15 Dec 1917
Wilfred was admitted to Edmonton Military Hospital, England in late October 1917 and transferred to the 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford in January. Discharged from hospital in late January 1918 he embarked for Australia aboard the Dunluce Castle, transferring to the hospital ship Karoola at Cape Town, South Africa in February and disembarking in Australia in March. In April he was discharged from the AIF, medically unfit - penetrating wound to the chest and debility.
Wilfred Davis died at Heidelberg, VIC in 1981, aged 82.
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