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William Joseph WESTELL

Regimental number1762
Date of birth20 March 1889
Place of birthBothwell, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressCoolamon, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinFather, William Westell, Bothwell, Tasmania
Enlistment date26 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name56th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/73/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 14 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 2 June 1919
Discharge date4 September 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Served 3 years 99 days overseas.

Enlisted at Cootamundra, New South Wales. Embarked at Sydney, 14 April 1916; disembarked Egypt.

Embarked from Alexandria, 29 July 1916; disembarked Southampton, via Marseilles, 9 August 1916. Embarked overseas for France, 16 September 1916. Admitted to 26th General Hospital, Etaples, 5 October 1916 (measles); taken on strength, 56th Bn, 7 November 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 3 January 1917. Detached to Musketry School, 2 June 1917; rejoined unit, 17 June 1917. Reverted to ranks at own request, 2 August 1917.

Wounded in action, 17 October 1917, and admitted to 54th General Hospital (gun shot wound, left thigh). Transferred to England, 23 October 1917, and admitted to Chatham Military Hospital, 25 October 1917. Transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 28 December 1917. Granted furlough, 29 December 1917 to 12 January 1918, to report to No. 2 Command Depot, Hurdcott. Found guilty of being Absent Without Leave, 12-15 January 1918: awarded 4 days' Field Punishment No. 2, and forfeiture of 8 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 14 February 1918. Rejoined unit in the field, 21 February 1918. Detached to 28th Coy, Australian Army Service Corps, 21 February 1918; rejoined unit, 25 February 1918.

Wounded in action, 8 August 1918 (gun shot wound, left shoulder); rejoined unit, 27 August 1918. On leave to England, 26 October 1918; rejoined unit, 14 November 1918. Found guilty of being absent from fatigue parade, 2 March 1919: awarded forfeiture of 2 days' pay.

Marched out from unit for return to Australia, 9 April 1919; commenced return to Australia from Devonport on board 'Beltana', 2 June 1919. Disembarked Sydney, 19 July 1919; discharged, 4 September 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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Date of death8 February 1969
Age at death80
Place of burialCremated: Springvale Crematorium, Melbourne, Victoria

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