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William Alexander WILSON

Regimental number3692
Place of birthHillsborough, Co Down, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressBarlow Street, Albion Park, Queensland
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation36
Height5' 9.5"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Alice Wilson, Barlow Street, Albion Park, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the Royal Hussars, British Army.
Enlistment date15 November 1916
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Pioneer Battalion, Reinforcement 9
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/16/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A33 Ayrshire on 24 January 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll49th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 31 January 1918
Discharge date16 October 1918
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 24 January 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 12 April 1917; marched into Pioneer Training Bn, Fovant, 12 April 1917.

Found guilty of being absent without leave from 0900hrs to 1530hrs, 16 May 1917: awarded 7 days' confined to camp and forfeiture of a total of 9 days' pay.

Transferred to 49th Bn, Codford, 11 July 1917; taken on strength 49th Bn, 23 October 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 14 October 1917; disembarked Havre, 15 October 1917; marched into 4th Divisional Base Details, 15 October 1917; joined 49th Bn, 18 October 1917.

Admitted to 59th Casualty Clearing Station, 17 November 1917 (debility); transferred to 5th Convalescent Depot, Cayeux, 22 November 1917; discharged to 4th Divisional Base Details, Havre, 29 November 1917; transferred to England for permanent Base duties, 20 December 1917 (phthisis).

Commenced return to Australia on board HT ‘Osterley’, 31 January 1918; discharged Brisbane (medically unfit), 16 October 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death18 January 1957
SourcesNAA: B2455, WILSON William Alexander

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