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Driver William John Pezet

Service No.:
403
Unit:
7th Battalion
Tree No.:
S208
Planted by:
S Le Cocq (Shire Secretary)
Image of plaque on tree S208 for William Pezet
Image of Service Medal - 1914-15 Star Image of Service Medal - British War Medal Image of Service Medal - Victory Medal

William was born in Bacchus Marsh, VIC in 1889 to Alfred John James Pezet and Rebecca Holt. Alfred died in 1892 and Rebecca married John Burbidge in 1902.

Group portrait of soldiers of B Company, 7th Battalion
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Broadmeadows Aug 1914
Group portrait of soldiers of
B Company, 7th Battalion
William is middle left.
Courtesy of the AWM

William was a grocer when he enlisted at Euroa, VIC in the AIF, 7th Battalion, C Company on the 18th of August 1914, aged 24 - he had previously served in the Cadets. He embarked aboard the HMAT A20 Hororata in October, disembarking in Egypt in December.

In early April 1915 William transferred to Battalion Headquarters before embarking to join the Gallipoli campaign. He marched in to Mex, Egypt - near Cairo - in May and transferred to Maadi, Egypt - near Alexandria - in November. He re-joined his unit in January 1916 and embarked from Alexandria in March, disembarking at Marseilles, France a few days latter.

William was admitted to a Field Ambulance in June 1916, for three weeks, suffering from synovitis. In March 1917 he was admitted to hospital for two months suffering from rheumatism. After being discharged from hospital William was promoted to Acting Sergeant and employed as a company clerk before reverting to Driver and rejoining his unit in July. He was granted three weeks leave in England in February 1918 before he embarked aboard the Taranto, in September, disembarking in Australia aboard the Devon in November where he was met at the railway station(1) by Shire President Kerr and several citizens with motor cars. The procession made its way to the Mechanics Institute where a formal welcome was tendered. William was discharged from the AIF in January 1919.

William died in July 1968 aged 79.

He is listed on the Roll of Honour for Bacchus Marsh, held by the RSL at Bacchus Marsh and also the Holy Trinity Church Roll of Honour held by the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Bacchus Marsh.

Notes

  1. The Bacchus Marsh Express 30 Nov 1918

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