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William John AUSTIN

Regimental number1033
Place of birthHamilton, Victoria
SchoolHamilton State School, Victoria
OccupationCommercial traveller
AddressPope Street, Hamilton, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 6.5"
Weight134 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Gertrude Austin, Woornack Road, Murrembeena, Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceSenior Cadets (3.5 years)
Enlistment date10 September 1914
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameField Ambulance 4, Section B
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/47/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board TRANSPORT A35 Berrima on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Echelon, British Expeditionary Force
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularDied of influenza in England.
FateDied of disease 11 October 1918
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death25
Place of burialSt. Lawrence Churchyard (Australian Section No. 72), Cowley, Middlesex, England
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 12 April 1915.

Admitted to No 4 Field Ambulance, Gallipoli, 28 May 1915; transferred to Mtarfa Hospital, Malta, 5 June 1915 (gastro enteritis); to St George's Hospital, Malta, 6 July 1915; to All Saint's Convalescent Camp, 15 November 1915; discharged, 11 February 1916, and embarked for Egypt the same day; disembarked Alexandria, 17 February 1916.

Marched into Overseas Base, Cairo, 18 February 1916.

Taken on strength of Australian Records Section, 15 March 1916.

Promoted Corporal, 24 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 6 June 1915; disembarked Marseilles, France, 13 June 1916.

Admitted to No 1 Australian General Hospital, Rouen, 11 May 1917 (temporarily Class 'B', suspicious signs on left lung).

On leave, 16 June 1917; rejoined unit, 26 June 1917.

Promoted Temporary Sergeant, 1 February 1918; promoted Extra Regimental Sergeant, 1 February 1918.

Proceeded to England for return to Australia, 27 September 1918; disembarked Southampton, 29 September 1918.

Admitted to No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 7 October 1918 (influenza).

Died, No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 11 October 1918 (broncho pneumonia).

Buried, Harefield Parish Churchyard, 16 October 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, AUSTIN William John

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