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William Edward PALMER

Regimental number1404
Place of birthWeston Super Mare, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarm labourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 6.625"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs C Palmer, Puxton, Hewish, near Bristol, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date14 November 1914
Place of enlistmentEllis Bank, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 2 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 15), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Edward and Mary PALMER, Puxton, Hewish, Bristol, England
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined 7th Bn, Gallipoli, 8 May 1915.

Wounded in action, Lone Pine, 8-9 August 1915 (bomb wound, shoulder, thigh and trunk), and admitted to 8th Field Ambulance; transferred to St David's Hospital, Malta, 14 August 1915; to Ghain Tuffeha, 13 September 1915; to Alexandria, 26 September 1915.

Embarked Alexandria, 22 October 1915; rejoined Bn, Gallipoli, 29 November 1915.

Admitted to 2nd Field Ambulance, Mudros, 23 December 1915 (diptheria), and transferred same day to 3rd Australian General Hospital (laryngitis); discharged to Base, 4 January 1916; rejoined Bn, Tel el Kebir, 11 January 1916.

Transferred to and taken on strength of 59th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 24 February 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal, Hog's Back, 9 May 1916.


Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19 July 1916.

Fate subsequently determined as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916.'

Statement, Red Cross File No 2080710, 5736 Pte R.J. SAUNDERS, 59th Bn, 30 March 1917: 'He was killed going across No Man's Land. His brother saw him buried. His brother told me about it. Full information can be had from him. H. Palmer, D. Coy, 59th. Battn.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, PALMER William Edward
Red Cross File No 2080710

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