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William Henry FLEMING

Regimental number32493
Place of birthAdelaide, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationRailway porter
Address14 James Street, Southwark, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 9.5"
Weight156 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs D Fleming, 14 James Street, Southwark, South Australia
Previous military serviceMember for 1.5 years in Railway Rifle Club.
Enlistment date6 October 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 6, Reinforcement 13
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/34/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Osterley on 14 February 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Light Trench Mortar Battery
FateKilled in Action 12 October 1917
Place of burialDorchy Farm New British Cemetery (Plot VII, Row E, Grave No. 28), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
19
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 14 February 1917; disembarked Plymouth, England, 11 April 1917, and marched into Reserve Brigade Australian Artillery, Larkhill.

Proceeded overseas to France, 23 July 1917; taken on strength, 13th Australian Light Trench Mortar Battery, in the field, 29 July 1917.

Wounded in action, Belgium, 12 October 1917.

Now, 24 November 1917, reported missing in action, 12 October 1917.

Court of Enquiry, 29 May 1918, concluded; 'Killed in action, 12 October 1917.'

Note on Red Cross File 1070810H: 'No trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills. 10.10.19.'

Statement, 1992 Corporal S.E. BERRY, 13th Light Trench Mortar Battery, 13 February 1918: 'He was on the same gun as myself, when a shell came over and buried him along with some others. We dug to try and find them but did not succeed. This happened at the Brick Kilm at Polygon Wood.'

Second statement, 5126 Pte W.R. MITCHELL, 13th Light Trench Mortar Battery (patient, 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford), 17 April 1918: 'They [FLEMING and 2611 E. KINGSTON] were on the left gun in front of Passchendaele at about 300 yards from me at 9.30 a.m. on Oct. 11th. Fleming had been wounded in the knee and had gone a few yards along the trench when a shell burst in it. Cpl. Berry was wounded and Pte. Fitzgerland, and Runner Winslow escaped unhurt. Fleming & Kingston had been seen a few yards away but they were never found.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FLEMING William Henry
Red Cross File No 1070810H

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