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William AGGETT

Regimental number2
Date of birth23 April 1871
Place of birthExeter, Devon, England
SchoolParish Board School, England
Age on arrival in Australia40
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSoldier
AddressMaryborough, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation43
Height5' 7"
Weight175 lbs
Next of kinAnnie Aggett, Saville House, Torquay, Devon, England
Previous military serviceServed for 21 years in the Devon Regiment, British Army: through the Boer War; received Medals from Queen Victoria and King Edward.
Enlistment date21 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll21 August 1914
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentRegimental Quartermaster Sergeant
Unit name9th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board Transport A5 Omrah on 24 September 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: 9th Battalion
Promotion date: 17 October 1915

Lieutenant


Unit: 9th Battalion
Promotion date: 20 February 1916

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularReceived five Bars, also received the long service and good conduct medal.
FateKilled in Action 23 July 1916
Place of death or woundingPozieres, Somme Sector, France
Date of death23 July 1916
Age at death47
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
54
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria, to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 2 March 1915.

Appointed 2nd Lieutenant, 17 October 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria from Mudros, 4 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Promoted Lieutenant, 20 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 27 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 3 April 1916.

Reported wounded in action, then subsequently killed in action, 23 July 1916.

In relation to Lieutenant Aggett's death, Lieutenant C.F. Ross wrote the following statement on an unknown date, 'It is regretted that no information of burial of the above named Officer [Aggett] can be obtained. He was not buried by this Unit, and owing to the time which has elapsed since his death, the circumstances surrounding death cannot be ascertained. War Diary shows:- Battalion operating Black Watch Avenue near CONTALMAISON Lt. AGGETT was killed at X 5 d 4 5.'

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

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