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William Charles RILEY

Date of birth18 August 1869
ReligionChurch of England
Address41 Northgate Street, Unley Park, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation47
Next of kinWife, Mrs A. Riley, 41 Northgate Street, Unley Park, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed as Corporal, 10th Infantry Regiment, Citizen Military Forces, 1901-08; pro-Lt, Senior Cadets, Area 74A, 1912; Hon Lt & Quartermaster, 78th Infantry, 1914.
Enlistment date11 August 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name32nd Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollQuartermaster and Honorary Captain
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion

Quartermaster & Honorary Captain

Unit: 32nd Battalion
Promotion date: 1 November 1916

FateReturned to Australia 1 November 1919
Discharge date26 February 1920
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez, 18 December 1915.

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

Appointed Quartermaster and Honorary Captain, in the field, 1 November 1916.

On leave to Paris, 11 June 1917; rejoined Bn, 18 June 1917.

On leave to England, 25 August 1917; rejoined Bn, 6 September 1917.

Detached for duty to 8th Training Bn, England, 4 October 1917.

Seconded for duty with 14th Training Bn, 7 November 1917.

Admitted to Military Hospital, Fovant, 12 December 1918 (not yet diagnosed); discharged, 17 December 1918 (influenza).

Brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for War, 27 March 1919, for valuable service rendered.

Marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 10 April 1919.

Appointed Quartermaster, No 5 Group, Weymouth, 1 May 1919; relinquished duties, 21 May 1919.

Marched out to No 2 Group, Sutton Veny, 15 August 1919; ceased to perform duties, No 2 Group, 15 August 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Nestor', 1 November 1919; appointment terminated (discharged: termination of period of enlistment), 26 February 1920.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death25 October 1936
Age at death67
SourcesNAA: B2455, RILEY William Charles

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