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William SAUNDERS

Regimental number385
Place of birthAmamoor Creek, Gympie, Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Addressc/o William Saunders, Amamoor Creek, Gympie, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 9.5"
Weight164 lbs
Next of kinFather, William Saunders, Amamoor Creek, Gympie, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date22 August 1914
Place of enlistmentGympie, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Light Horse Regiment, B Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/7/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board Transport A15 Star of England on 24 September 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Provost Corps
FateDied of disease 25 August 1918
Place of burialJerusalem War Cemetery (Row W, Grave No 77), Palestine
Other details

War service: Gallipoli, Egypt, Palestine

Seriously wounded, Gallipoli, 14 May 1915 (scalp); returned to duty, 16 May 1915.

Commenced return to Australia from Suez on board HT ?Kyarra?, 10 June 1915 (venereal disease); disembarked, 15 July 1915; transferred to Broadmeadows, 20 August 1915.

Fit for duty, ordered to report to Enoggera, 5 April 1916.

Re-embarked with 18th Reinforcement, 2nd Light Horse Regiment, 4 May 1916; disembarked Egypt, 20 June 1916; taken on strength, 1st Light Horse Training Regiment, Moascar, 16 June 1916.

Transferred to Anzac Provost Corps, 21 July 1916; marched out to unit, 22 July 1916; taken on strength, Anzac Provost Corps, Abbassia, 25 July 1916.

Admitted to 3rd Australian General Hospital, 12 September 1916 (Nile fever); transferred to British Red Cross Convalescent Depot, Montazah, 16 September 1916; discharged to duty, 27 September 1916; rejoined unit, Abbassia, 27 September 1916.

Detached for temporary duty with Anzac Mounted Division, Kantara, 27 October 1916.

Attached for duty to 1st Light Horse Regiment, 18 November 1916.

Admitted to 1st Light Horse Field Ambulance, El Arish, 16 January 1917; transferred to 3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance, 17 January 1917; to 24th Stationary Hospital, 17 January 1917 (mild wound to shin); to Hospital Train, 22 January 1917; to 14th Australian General Hospital, 22 January 1917; to British Red Cross Convalescent Depot, 28 February 1917; discharged to duty, 22 March 1917; rejoined unit, 22 March 1917.

To Port Said Detachment, 9 December 1917; appointed acting Lance Corporal, 9 December 1917; marched into Camp. Suez, 12 December 1917.

Marched out to Anzac Provost Corps, Moascar, 5 April 1918; marched out to Desert Mounted Corps, 8 April 1918; temporarily detached to Desert Mounted Corps, 10 April 1918.

Marched into Anzac Mounted Division Headquarters, 14 June 1918; marched out to Desert Mounted Corps, 20 June 1918; taken on strength, 20 June 1918.

To hospital, Cairo, 1 August 1918 (sick); admitted to 2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance, 2 August 1918 (pyrexia of unknown origin); transferred to 34th Combined Clearing Hospital, Jerusalem, 2 August 1918; listed as dangerously ill, 12 August 1918 (enteric fever).

Died of disease, 25 August 1918 (enteric fever).

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSee also 385 William SAUNDERS for second embarkation.
SourcesNAA: B2455, SAUNDERS William

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