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William ATKINS

Regimental number2530
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
SchoolPublic School, New South Wales
ReligionMethodist
OccupationLabourer
AddressVictoria Park, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation31
Height5' 7"
Weight133 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Nancy Jane Atkins, Victoria Park PO, Victoria Park, Western Australia
Enlistment date30 May 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll13 June 1916
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name44th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/61/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 9 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll44th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 July 1918
Age at death33
Age at death from cemetery records33
Place of burialVillers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row F, Grave 10), Fouilloy, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
137
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George and Annie ATKINS; Wife: Nancy Jane ATKINS, 33 Stake Street, Victoria Park, Western Australia
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Fremantle, 9 November 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 10 January 1917, and marched into 11th Training Bn, the same day.

Admitted to Parkhouse Military Hospital, 4 March 1917 (mumps); discharged, 10 May 1917, and marched into 11th Training Bn the same day.

Proceeded overseas to France, 16 July 1917; marched into 3rd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Le Havre, 17 July 1917.

Evacuated to hospital, 24 July 1917; admitted to No 2 General Hospital, Le Havre, 24 July 1917 (sprained right knee); discharged, 10 August 1917, and marched into 3rd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Le Havre, the same day.

Proceeded to unit, 24 August 1917; taken on strength of 44th Bn, in the field, 26 August 1917.

Wounded in action, 4 October 1917, and admitted to No 44 Casualty Clearing Station the same day (shrapnel wound, left shoulder); to No 2 Canadian General Hospital, 5 October 1917; to No 3 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 12 October 1917; discharged, 17 October 1917; marched into 3rd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Rouelles, 18 October 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 27 October 1917; rejoined 44th Bn, 30 October 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 6 February 1918; rejoined unit, 23 February 1918.

Killed in action, 4 July 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ATKINS William

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