William was a labourer and gave his address as Bacchus Marsh, VIC when he enlisted in the AIF, 5th Reinforcements, 7th Battalion on the 11th of January 1915, aged nearly 26. He embarked aboard the HMAT A20 Hororata in April, disembarking in Egypt some time later.
In June 1915 William joined his unit at Gallipoli. During the Battle for Lone Pine William was wounded - service record states, neck and leg, he states it was his jaw and side(3) - and evacuated back to Alexandria, Egypt and then to England where he was admitted to the King George Hospital, London - while there he witnessed a German Zeppelin attack(2). In January 1916 be embarked from England for his return home, disembarking in Egypt three weeks later and admitted to the 21st General Hospital, Alexandria - gunshot wound to the chest - before embarking aboard the Suffolk, from Suez, a week later, returning to Australia in early March and was discharged from the AIF in late July. On the 21st of July
A PUBLIC WELCOME will be tendered(5) at the Mechanics' Institute, Bacchus Marsh which he would probably have attended.
William died in Brighton, VIC in 1955, aged 66.
He is listed on the Roll of Honour for Bacchus Marsh, held by the RSL at Bacchus Marsh.
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