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William Wallace BACON

Regimental number993
Place of birthRaywood, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Address64 Newell Street, Footscray, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 9.25"
Weight149 lbs
Next of kinFather, Robert Bacon, 64 Newell Street, Footscray, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil (registered 'out of area')
Enlistment date30 June 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll30 June 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Light Horse Regiment, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/18/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 27 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Field Artillery Brigade
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted 30 June 1915. Taken on strength, 4th Field Artillery Brigade, 27 January 1917.
FateKilled in Action 31 July 1917
Place of death or wounding3rd Battle of Ypres, Belgium
Date of death31 July 1917
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialDickebusch New Military Cemetery Extension (Plot I, Row C, Grave No 3), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 27 September 1915; failed to re-embark at Fremantle, and posted as a deserter, 7 October 1915. [No details recorded of re-embarkation and disembarkation in Egypt.]

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Abbassia from Detention Barracks, 4 January 1916; discharged, 19 February 1916; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 16 days.

Transferred to 2nd Divisional Ammunition Column, 11 March 1916; appointed Driver and posted to No 3 Section, 19 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 20 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 27 March 1916.

Mustered Gunner at own request, 19 September 1916.

Transferred to 22nd Field Artillery Brigade, 20 September 1916, and posted to 19th Battery.

Transferred to 4th Field Artillery Brigade, and posted to 11th Battery, 27 January 1917.

Wounded in action, 7 May 1917 (gun shot wound, head), admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, and transferred to 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train, 7 May 1917, and admitted same day to 26th General Hospital, Etaples. Discharged to No 6 Convalescent Depot, 12 May 1917; rejoined 11th Battery, in the field, 10 June 1917.

Found guilty,, 19 July 1917, of coduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline in that he failed to attend an ordered parade, 9 July 1917: awarded 10 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeiture of 10 days' pay.

Transferred to 10th Battery, 19 July 1917.

Killed in action, 31 July 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BACON William Wallace

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