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William Henry PATERSON

Regimental number4831
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
SchoolSouth Annandale Public School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBrass finisher
Address17 Trafalgar Street, Annandale, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20.8
Height5' 5.5"
Weight122 lbs
Next of kinFather, W J Paterson 17 Trafalgar Street, Annandale, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in 31st Infantry, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date6 September 1915
Place of enlistmentWarwick Farm, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 8 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll53rd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 30 June 1918
Place of death or woundingMorlancourt, France
Age at death23.6
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialRibemont Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot III, Row F, Grave No. 2), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William John and Grace Helen PATERSON. Native of Annandale, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 53rd Bn, Tel el Kebir, 20 April 1916.

Allotted to Bn Machine Gun Section, 2 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1917; disembarked Marseilles, France, 28 June 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 5 September 1916.

Detached to Lewis Gun School, Le Touquet, 2 December 1916; rejoined unit from detachment, 12 December 1917.

Promoted Corporal, 10 April 1917.

Promoted Temporary Sergeant, 7 July 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 31 July 1917; rejoined Bn from leave, 13 August 1917.

Admitted to 14th Australian Field Ambulance, 13 August 1917 (venereal disease: gonorrhea), and reverted to Corporal; transferred to 10th Stationary Hospital, St Omer, 13 August 1917; to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 15 August 1917; discharged to Base Depot, 19 September 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 38 days.

Rejoined 53rd Bn, in the field, 26 October 1917.

Promoted Temporary Sergeant, 5 November 1917.

Detached to Brigade Infantry School, 13 January 1918; rejoined Bn from detachment, 25 January 1918.

Detached for duty with 184th Tunnelling Company, 23 March 1918; rejoined Bn from detachment, 28 March 1918.

Detached to Brigade Infantry School as Instructor, 4 June 1918; rejoined Bn from detachment, 14 June 1918.

Killed in action, 30 June 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, PATERSON William Henry
Red Cross File No 2100710B

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