|Place of birth||Junee, New South Wales|
|Address||Junee, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||18|
|Next of kin||Father, Duncan Jamieson, Simpson Street, Tumut, New South Wales|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll|
|Place of enlistment||Cootamundra, New South Wales|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||31st Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/48/3|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||31st Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Age at death from cemetery records||19|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||Australian 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
|Miscellaneous information from|
|Parents: Duncan and Agnes JAMIESON, Simpson Street, Tumut, New South Wales|
War service: Egypt, Western Front
Embarked Melbourne, 18 February 1916.
Found guilty, 10 March 1916, of talking on parade: admonished.
Found guilty, 17 March 1916, of eating at table before meal time: awarded 3 days' defaulter's parade.
Disembarked Suez, 23 March 1916.
Taken on strength of 31st Bn, Duntroon Plateau, 1 April 1916.
Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 25 June 1916.
Reported missing, 21 July 1916.
German list received by the Australian Branch of the British Red Cross Society, 4 November 1916, 'identification marks found on the Prisoner of War are inspected by the General War Bureau, and shown in the List as under DEAD'.
Identity disc received from Germany, 24 February 1917, no particulars afforded except that soldier is deceased; to be reported as 'Killed in Action, 21 July 1916'.
Statement by Private Thomas Hyde, 692, C Company, 31st Bn, 6 September 1916, 'Informant states that on July 19th 1916 at Fleurbaix Pte W. A. Jamieson was killed. No particulars are known but the Casualty was rumoured in his company.'
Note on Red Cross File No 1421012: 'The above name appeared on German list of dead dated 4-11-16.'
Note on file: 'Buried Fleurbaix Sh. 36. N.W. A.I.F. Hdqrs List for Lt. Spedding. London 28.4.19.'
Note on file: Next-of-kin disc (Jamieson, Mrs. D. Simpson Street, Tumut N.S.W.) found at German War Office, Berlin and forwarded by Capt. Mills. 1.9.19.'
Statement, 2114 Pte L. BECKETT, 31st Bn, 2 August 1919: 'Casualty did not return after the 21st July stunt 1916, but informant has received from his people a copy of a letter they received from the German Red Cross stating that 2144 Pte Jamieson had died of wounds.'Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, JAMIESON William Alexander
Red Cross file 1421012