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William James SEWART

Regimental number811
Date of birth10 September 1887
Place of birthAsran-in-Furness, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBlacksmith and carpenter
Address419 Darling Street, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 5.5"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinFather, J P Sewart, 20 Kennedy Street, Ulverstone, Lancashire, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date3 December 1914
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name1st Field Company Engineers, Reinforcements 2 to 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/20/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 12 February 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll330
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Field Company Engineers
FateReturned to Australia 4 May 1917
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Rank on Nominal Roll recorded incorrectly as Private.
Discharge date4 October 1917
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Taken on strength, 1st Field Company Engineers, Gallipoli, 2 June 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 27 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Appointed Lance Corporal, 22 January 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 21 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 28 March 1916.

Promoted Temporary 2nd Corporal, 1 April 1916; appointed 2nd Corporal, 27 May 1916.

Wounded in action, 19 August 1916 (gun shot wound, chest), and admitted to 4th Field Ambulance; transferred to 44th Casualty Clearing Station, 19 August 1916; to 26th General Hospital, Etples, 23 August 1916; to England,13 September 1916, and admitted to Wharncliffe War Hospital, Sheffield (wound penetrating: severe); transferred to No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 24 January 1917; discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 12 February 1917.

Married Margaret SWAINSON, spinster, aged 23, Parish Church, Ireleth-Askam, Lancaster, 28 March 1917.

Commenced return to Australia from Devonport on board HT 'Themistocles', 4 May 1917; discharged (medically unfit), Sydney, 4 October 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Also served in World War II: enlisted Merrylands, New South Wales, 6 April 1942; discharged as N372104 Corporal, 11th Bn, Volunteer Defence Corps, part time duty, 30 September 1945.
SourcesNAAB2455 file 8076900

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