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Yule Herald WILLIAMS

Regimental number1268
Place of birthMoonee Ponds, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Address52 Wattletree Road, Malvern, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 7.5"
Weight141 lbs
Next of kinFather, Mr Williams, 52 Wattletree Road, Malvern, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the Cadets.
Enlistment date22 August 1914
Place of enlistmentBroadmeadows, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 2, Battery 6
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/30/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 8 November 1918
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Name does not appear on Nominal Roll
Discharge date22 February 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 8 April 1915.

Admitted to hospital, west Beach, Mudros, 7 November 1915 (septic hands); transferred to Alexandria, and disembarked, 9 December 1915.

Found guilty, Tel el Kebir, 29 January 1916, of being absent without leave from 9 pm, 26 January, to 6.30 am, 29 January 1916: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 4 days' pay.

Found guilty, 23 February 1916, of being absent without leave from 9 pm, 20 February, to 10 pm, 23 February 1916: awarded 21 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 4 days' pay.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 22 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 28 March 1916.

Transferred to Trench Mortar Battery, 4 August 1916.

On leave to United Kingdom; admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, while on furlough, 30 January 1917; discharged from hospital, 28 April 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 86 days.

Marched out to No 4 Command Depot, 2 May 1917.

Admitted to Tidworth Military Hospital, 7 June 1917 (not yet diagnosed); discharged to duty, 18 June 1917 (no further details recorded).

Marched in to Overseas Training Depot, 18 June 1917.

Married Kitty RYAN, spinster, aged 21, Parish Church, Islington, 26 July 1917.

Marched out to Overseas Training Brigade, Perham Downs, 3 September 1917.

Tried by District Court Martial, Perham Downs, 29 September 1917, on charge of being absent without leave, 27-29 July 1917; pleaded guilty: awarded 50 days' detention, and forfeited 112 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 16 January 1918; rejoined 1st Division Artillery, in the field, 28 January 1918.

Admitted to 10th Stationary Hospital, St Omer, 12 February 1918 (not yet diagnosed); discharged to Base Details, 2 March 1918; marched out to unit, 23 March 1918.

Transferred to 2nd Field Artillery Brigade, 27 March 1918, and posted to 6th Battery.

Found guilty, 23 May 1918, of drunkenness: awarded 5 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Gaika', 8 November 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 29 December 1918; discharged, Melbourne, 27 February 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, WILLIAMS Yule Herald

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