William Henry was born in either Richmond or Bacchus Marsh, VIC in 1881 to William Symington and Annie Hamson Tanner. William Henry had at least four children, Henry, b. Benalla, VIC, 1905, Alfred, b. Benalla, VIC, 1906, William, b. Richmond, VIC, 1909 and Frances, b. Bacchus Marsh, VIC, 1913.
Willian Henry's father ran a brewery in Hopetoun, Bacchus Marsh, from 1867 to 1886. William Henry's grandfather(3) and family settled in Bacchus Marsh in 1858 and started the brewery in 1862. William Henry's great-grandfather(3), William Symington was the inventor of the Steamboat.(4)
William was a buttermaker at Bacchus Marsh, VIC when he enlisted in the AIF on the 9th of March 1916, aged 35. He was allocated to the 18th Reinforcements, 7th Battalion at the end of April and embarked aboard the HMAT A33 Ayrshire in July, disembarking at Plymouth, England in early September.
William proceeded overseas to France in October 1916 and joined his unit in November. At the end of December he was accidentally injured whilst on parade and admitted to hospital in Rouen, France - simple fracture of the left fibula at the ankle. He was then evacuated back to England and admitted to the 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth in early January 1917 and discharged to two weeks furlough in March. William rejoined his unit in France in July but during the 2nd Battle of Passchendaele, on the 26th of October was wounded in action and admitted to the 69th Field Ambulance. He was transferred to the 11th Stationary Hospital, Rouen, France before being evacuated back to England and admitted to the 1st Southern General Hospital, Stourbridge, Birmingham (Auxiliary Hospital, Harbourne Hall) - shell wound to right shoulder, severe.
William was discharged to two weeks furlough in December 1917 and rejoined his unit in France in February 1918. Later that month he attended a school of instruction to be a batman. After attending a medical board in March, William was transferred to Headquarters 1st Divisional Train as a batman. He embarked for home aboard the Ulysses in January 1919, returning to Australia in March and was discharged from the AIF in May.
William died in Oakleigh, VIC in 1971, aged 90.
He is listed on the Roll of Honour for Bacchus Marsh, held by the RSL at Bacchus Marsh and also on the Roll of Honour of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Bacchus Marsh, held by the Bacchus Marsh Uniting Church.
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