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William Robert ASPINALL

Place of birthSydney New South Wales
SchoolThe Scots College, Rose Bay, New South Wales
Other trainingUniversity of Sydney, New South Wales
OccupationMedical practitioner
AddressPott's Point, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, Rev A A Aspinall, 'St Killans', 6 Challis Avenue, Pott's Point, New South Wales
Enlistment date25 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentCaptain
Unit nameMedical Officers
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A43 Barunga on 7 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Medical Corps
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1917
Place of death or woundingYpres, Belgium
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialReninghelst New Military Cemetery (Plot III, Row E, Grave 28), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Arthur Ashworth and Helen ASPINALL, Turramurra, Sydney, New South Wales

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He displayed the utmost courage and devotion in tending the wounded under heavy fire, assisting them to places of safety until they could be evacuated. He showed the greatest gallantry throughout.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Family/military connectionsBrothers (all of whom were medical practitioners): Major Archibald John ASPINALL, AAMC, returned to Australia, 4 November 1915; Major Eric Andrew ASPINALL, AAMC, returned to Australia, 10 June 1919; Major Arthur Martel ASPINALL, AAMC, returned to Australia, 27 June 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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