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William Ernest BERKINSHAW

Regimental number1675
Place of birthLondon, England
SchoolGilles Street Public School, Adelaide, South Australia
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationHairdresser
Address223 King William Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 6.75"
Weight136 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Ellen Berkinshaw, 223 King William Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed as a Sergeant in the Cadet Force.
Enlistment date12 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll29 July 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 11 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularDied at Etaples, France.
FateDied of disease 16 December 1916
Place of death or woundingPozieres, France
Age at death20
Place of burialEtaples Military Cemetery (Plot XX, Row H, Grave No. 2A), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
74
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated on Gilles Street Public School Roll of Honor, Adelaide, South Australia. Photo: Peter Dennis. Parents: Ernest and Ellen BERKINSHAW, 223 King William Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 15th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 6 March 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 5 April 1916.

Found guilty, 12 May 1916, of conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline in that he when ordered to fall in failed to do so: severely reprimanded.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 1 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 8 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 9 August 1916 (shell wound, left thigh), admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance; transferred to 10th Stationary Hospital, 10 August 1916; to England, 13 August 1916, and admitted to Guildford War Hospital; transferred to Woodcote Park Convalescent Hospital, 19 September 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 12 December 1916.

Admitted to 26th General Hospital, Etaples, 13 December 1916 (myalgia); transferred to 24th General Hospital, 15 December 1916 (meningitis).

Died of disease, 15 December 1916 (cerebro spinal fever).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BERKINSHAW William Ernest

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