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William Godfrey BARTLETT

Regimental number3235
Place of birthGloucester, England
SchoolSt Luke's School, Gloucester, England
Age on arrival in Australia22
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationTailor
Addressc/o H Hurst, Auburn Road, Auburn, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 7"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFather, J Bartlett, Gloucester, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date31 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll31 July 1915
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 2 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 21 July 1916
Place of death or woundingAlbert, France
Age at death27
Age at death from cemetery records27
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
35
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William J. and Emily BARTLETT, "Sunnydene", Stroud Road, Gloucester, England
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 3rd Bn, Tel el Kebir, 1 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 22 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 28 March 1916.

Killed in action, 21 July 1916.

Note on file: 'Ref. D.O. 70/5511 Buried ¾ mile N.W. of Contalmaison 3¼ miles E.N.E. of Albert by Capt. Chap. Wilson 3rd Bn.'

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

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