Willian James DAVIS

Regimental number5683
Place of birthPort Esperance, Tasmania
SchoolState School
OccupationMill hand
AddressFortescue, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height6' 0"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFather, Mr J. Davis, Fortescue, Tasmania
Previous military serviceNil (evaded service)
Enlistment date3 April 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll5 April 1916
Place of enlistmentClaremont, Tasmania
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Hobart, Tasmania, on board HMAT A49 Seang Choon on 8 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll40th Battalion
FateDied of disease 23 October 1918
Place of death or woundingMessines, Belgium
Age at death25
Place of burialAbbeville Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot IV, Row J. Grave No. 4), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Town. Port Esperance, Tasmania
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria, Egypt, 6 August 1916; marched into 40th Bn, England, 23 September 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 23 November 1917.

Wounded in action, 17 July 1917; admitted to No 11 Field Ambulance, 17 July 1917, and transferred to No 2 Australian Casualty Clearing Station the same day (gunshot wound, right arm and side; severe); to No 12 Ambulance Train, 19 July 1917; to No 1 Australian General Hospital, Abbeville, 19 July 1917; to England, 24 July 1917; to No 2 Southern General Hospital, Birmingham, 25 July 1917; discharged to furlough, 10 August 1917; marched into No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 24 August 1917.

Marched into Overseas Training Bde, Longbridge Deverill, 20 October 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 10 November 1917; marched into 3rd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Rouelles, 11 November 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 15 Novmeber 1917; rejoined 40th Bn, 22 November 1917.

Admitted to No 10 Australian Field Ambulance, 19 October 1918, and transferred to No 3 Australian General Hospital, Abbeville, the same day (influenza).

Died, No 3 Australian General Hospital, 23 October 1918 (broncho pneumonia).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, DAVIS Willian James