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William BAILEY

Regimental number1722
Place of birthLondon, England
True NameCHEESLEY, William James
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCook
AddressWardell, Richmond River, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation36.3
Height5' 8.5"
Weight162 lbs
Next of kinJ Joyce, Wardell, Richmond River, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date26 January 1915
Place of enlistmentLismore, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 8 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Battalion
FateDied of wounds 16 May 1918
Place of burialCrouy British Cemetery (Plot II, Row B, Grave No. 19), Crouy-Sur-Somme, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
176
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Father: W.J. CHEESLEY, 63 Bingfield Street, Caledonian Road, London N1, England
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined 15th Bn, Gallipoli, 13 July 1915.

Admitted to New Zealand Field Ambulance, 8 August 1915 (sprained ankle); transferred to 24th Casualty Clearing Station, Mudros, 11 August 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 29 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Taken on strength, 4th Machine Gun Company, Serapeum, 9 March 1916.

Found guilty, 24 March 1916, of drunkenness: fined 5/-.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 1 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 9 June 1916.

On leave to England, 26 September 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 8 October 1917.

Unit designation changed to 4th Machine Gun Bn.

Wounded in action, 12 May 1918 (fractured skull, shell wounds both feet, left thigh), and admitted to 12th Field Ambulance, and transferred to 47th Casualty Clearing Station.

Died of wounds, 16 May 1918.

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

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