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William Francis WILSON

Regimental number30953
Place of birthCanning, London, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Address29 Mallett Street, Camperdown, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 10"
Weight137 lbs
Next of kinFather, J.L. Wilson, 8 Arkwright Street, Canningtown, London, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date4 September 1916
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameMedium Trench Mortar Battery Reinforcement 4
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/129/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 11 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Division Heavy Trench Mortar Battery
FateDied of disease 3 October 1918
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialExeter Higher Cemetery (Grave No. 96), Devonshire, England
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
21
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Father: James Lloyd WILSON
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 11 November 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 30 January 1917, and marched into Australian Details, Perham Downs, the same day.

Proceeded overseas to France, 15 March 1917; marched into Australian General Base Depot, Etaples, 16 March 1917.

Transferred to 5th Divisional Artillery, 23 March 1917; taken on strength of 5th Divisional Trench Mortar Bde, 27 March 1917.

Posted to V.5.A. Heavy Mortar Battery, 15 April 1917.

Detached to 1st Anzac Corps Trench Mortar School, 2 May 1917; rejoined unit, 16 May 1917.

Detached to 2nd Army Trench Mortar School, 15 October 1917; rejoined unit, 29 October 1917.

Detached to 13th Field Artillery Bde, 10 November 1917; ceases being attached to 13th Field Artillery Bde, 23 November 1917; rejoined unit, 4 December 1917.

Detached to Trench Mortar School, 6 January 1918; rejoined unit, 20 January 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 7 March 1918.

Admitted to No 14 Field Ambulance, in the field, 28 April 1918, and transferred to No 20 Casualty Clearing Station, the same day (gastritis); to Ambulance Train, 29 April 1918; to No 24 General Hospital, Etaples, 30 April 1918; to No 1 Australian Convalescent Depot, Le Havre, 8 June 1918; discharged, 8 June 1918, and marched into Australian General Base Depot, Le Havre, the same day.

Proceeded to unit, 12 June 1918, and rejoined 5th Trench Mortar Bde, the same day.

Admitted to No 4 Australian Field Ambulance, 2 July 1918, and transferred to No 47 Casualty Clearing Station, the same day (haemorrhoids); to No 25 Ambulance Train, 3 July 1918; to No 55 General Hospital, Boulogne, 4 July 1918; to No 7 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 5 July 1918; to No 1 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 6 July 1918; to No 74 General Hospital, Trouville, 10 July 1918; to Australian Convalescent Depot, Le Havre, 19 August 1918; to No 2 General Hospital, Le Havre, 20 August 1918 (piles); to England, 30 August 1918; to Exeter War Hospital, 31 August 1918.

Died, 3 October 1918 (nephritis, post influenza, bronchial pneumonia).

Buried Higher Cemetery, Exeter, 7 October 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, WILSON William Francis

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