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William Arthur LONG

Regimental number2019
Place of birthKeswick, Cumberland, England
SchoolCockermouth Fairfield Boys Council School, England
Age on arrival in Australia19
OccupationFarm labourer
Address271 Darling Street, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 4"
Weight122 lbs
Next of kinFather, William Long, Main Street, Cockermouth, Cumberland, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date10 January 1916
Place of enlistmentCasula, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name59th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/76/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 4 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularHis Sergeant (Armstrong) said he had recommended him to the Colonel for Bravery. Died on leave in England.
FateDied of disease 19 October 1918
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialCockermouth Cemetery (Plot E, Row NC, Grave No. 791), Cumberland
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Mary LONG, 19 Main Street, Cockermouth
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 4 May 1916; disembarked Suez, 10 June 1916.

Taken on strength of 5th Divisional Details, Tel el Kebir, 9 July 1916.

Embarked Alexandria, 2 August 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 8 August 1916.

Marched into 15th Training Bn, England, 21 August 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 11 November 1916; marched into 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 12 November 1916.

Proceeded to unit, 22 November 1916; taken on strength of 60th Bn, 25 November 1916.

To 3rd Army School of Sniping, 9 July 1917; rejoined unit, 22 July 1917.

On leave to England, 2 October 1917; rejoined unit, 15 October 1917.

Promoted Scout Corporal, 2 August 1918.

Transferred to, and taken on strength of 59th Bn, 25 September 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 11 October 1918.

Died, 54 Bromley Street, Workington, 19 October 1918 (bronchial bronchitis).

Buried Cockermouth Urban Council Cemetery, 22 October 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, LONG William Arthur

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