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William Ambrose HAMMILL

Regimental number105
Place of birthNorth Shields, England
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationBlacksmith
Address29 Lawson Street, North Shields, Northumberland, England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 5"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinFather, Patrick Hammill, 29 Lawson Street, North Shields, Northumberland, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date21 July 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 4 May 1917
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)No date of fate entered on Nominal Roll.
Discharge date20 August 1917
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 18 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 18 December 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 20 July 1916 (shrapnel wound, head, right elbow); admitted to 8th Field Ambulance, and transferred to No 2 Casualty Clearing Station, 20 July 1916; to 30th General Hospital, Calais, 21 July 1916; listed as 'seriously ill', 22 July 1916; transferred to England, 28 July 1916, and admitted to 1/4th Northern General Hospital, Lincoln; to No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 9 November 1916; discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 25 November 1916.

Found guilty, 20 December 1916, of being absent without leave, 3-5 pm, 18 December 1916: awarded 7 days' confined to barracks, and forfeited 4 days' pay under Royal Warrant.

Commenced return to Australia from Devonport on board HT 'Themistocles', 4 May 1917; discharged, Adelaide, 20 August 1917.

War service: 2 years 21 days (of which 1 year 227 days were abroad)

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death21 October 1960
SourcesNAA: B2455, HAMMILL William Ambrose

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