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William Ethelbert ABBOTT

Regimental number1412
Date of birth1882
Place of birthEnniskillen, Co Fermanagh, Ireland
SchoolSchool in Ireland
Age on arrival in Australia27
ReligionChurch of England
AddressBlacklion, Ireland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Height5' 4.75"
Weight136 lbs
Next of kinAunt, Mrs Mary Know, 'Killeshar', Westmead, Parramatta, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the Imperial Yeomanry, Northern Ireland.
Enlistment date17 May 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 26 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Machine Gun Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularSoldier listed place of birth as Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, Ireland; mother as Co Cavan, Ireland.
FateKilled in Action 3 October 1918
Place of death or woundingPeronne, France
Age at death36
Age at death from cemetery records35
Place of burialProspect Hill Cemetery (Plot III, Row D, Grave No 20), Gouy, France
Family/military connectionsStepbrothers: 509 Corporal Arthur Stewart KNOX, 12th Light Horse, returned to Australia, 30 August 1918 (died 1925); 4320 Pte Charles William KNOX, 29th Bn, killed in action, Poloygon Wood, Belgium, 27 September 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Proceeded from Egypt to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 16 August 1915.

Wounded in action, 13 December 1915 (shrapnel wound, head); admitted to 13th Casualty Clearing Station, Mudros, 14 December 1915. Transferred by hospital ship to Alexandria, 23 December 1915, and admitted to No 1 Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis. Rejoined unit, Tel el Kebir, 19 January 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 25 March 1916.

Attached to 5th Machine Gun Company, 23 July 1916; taken on strength, 5th Machine Gun Company, 18 December 1916; mustered as Driver, 1 May 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 15 February 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 7 March 1918.

Found guilty, 30 March 1918, of being absent without leave from 7.30 am, 2 March, to 7.30 am, 5 March 1918: awarded 28 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited a total of 32 days' pay.

Reverted to Private at own request, 28 June 1918.

Killed in action by shell fire, 3 October 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ABBOTT William Ethelbert

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