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William LUND

Regimental number2705
Place of birthNorsewood, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
Other NamesWilliam James
SchoolNorsewood District School, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
Age on arrival in Australia29
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressNorsewood, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Height5' 6.75"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinFather, O Lund, Norsewood, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date28 July 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 2 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records30
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 13), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
161
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Ole and Mary LUND, Norsewood, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to, and proceeded to 55th Bn from 5th Training Bn, Zeitoun, 16 February 1916; taken on strength of 55th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 26 July 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 1640147, 2654 Sergeant J. JEFFRIES, 55th Bn, 29 January 1917: 'His mate [2758] Geo. Bamford ... saw him killed. His head was blown off by a shell. Bamford also saw Lund's body put on the waggon to be buried. It would be buried at Sailly.'

Second statement, 2565 Pte L.E. BEAVER, 55th Bn (patient, Hrborne House VAD Hospital, Birmingham, England), 28 April 1917: 'He was killed instantaneously, shot thrugh the neck at Fleurbaix on the 20th July 1916. I was wunded a fw days before but [4804 J.H.L.] "Harry Ellis" ... told me he was an eye-witness. Ellis was taking up ammunition from our front line to the enemies (sic) front line trench we had taken when he met "Lund" coming back, who fell dead in front of him, hit by a piece of shell. It ripped the disc off the body. Ellis picked up the disc and this is how he identified his man. He left the body in a shell hole.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsAddress incorrectly entered on Embarkation roll as Norswood, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.
SourcesNAA: B2455, LUND William
Red Cross File No 1640147

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