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Regimental number2912
Place of birthCurragh Camp, Kildare, Ireland
SchoolGuildford School, Ireland and Leighoniel College, Belfast, Ireland.
Age on arrival in Australia40
ReligionChurch of England
Address4 Birchgrove Road, Balmain, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation43
Height5' 6.75"
Weight124 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs M Sturgeon, 41 Birchgrove Road, Balmain, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 15 years and 75 days in 54th Company, Royal Garrison Artillery, British Army.
Enlistment date27 June 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/21/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 30 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularServed in the South African War received Kings Medal 2 clasps and Queens Medal 3 clasps. Served on the Indian Frontier 12 years service abroad.
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France
Age at death45
Age at death from cemetery records45
Place of burialAnzac Cemetery (Plot II, Row J, Grave No. 7), Sailly-Sur-La-Lys, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Helen STURGEON; husband of Mary STURGEON, 41 Birchgrove Road, Balmain, New South Wales. Native of Curragh Camp, Kildare, Ireland
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Joined 4th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 6 January 1916.

Transferred to 56th Bn, 16 February 1916; taken on strength of 56th Bn, 16 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Killed in action, 20 July 1916.

Buried at Sailly-sur-la-Lys Cemetery by Reverend W.M. Holliday, 20 July 1916.

Statement, 2997 Pte J. ROGERS, 56th Bn, 16 November 1916: 'He was killed at Fleurbaix on July 19th. I saw his dead body in a bay of the front line trench. He had only just come into the trench when he was killed outright by a shell, which smashed him up very badly.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, STURGEON William
Red Cross File No 2660406

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