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William John BOTTOMLEY

Regimental number7199
Place of birthEchuca, Victoria
SchoolState School, Echuca, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressArmadale, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation38
Next of kinMother, Mrs M J Bottomley, Aintree Road, East Malvern, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in School Cadets and in the Victorian Rangers, Citizen Military Forces, Echuca, Victoria.
Enlistment date30 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 24th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 19 February 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll21st Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularWas on board the 'Ballarat' when it was torpedoed, 25 April 1917. Wounded at Passchendaele, Belgium, 4 October 1917; returned to France, 4 February 1918.
FateKilled in Action 1 September 1918
Place of death or woundingMont St Quentin, France
Date of death1 September 1918
Age at death39
Age at death from cemetery records39
Place of burialPeronne Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot III, Row C, Grave No. 1), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Echuca Cemetery, Victoria. Headstone inscription reads: 'He died the noblest death a man can die, Fighting for God, and Right, and Liberty.' Parents: Mary Jane (d. 6 May 1940; bu. Echuca)and the late John BOTTOMLEY (b. Stalybridge, Cheshire, England; d. 6 September 1992, aged 61; bu. Echuca), 60 Aintree Road, East Malvern, Victoria
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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