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William Edmund WARNER

Regimental number5664
Place of birthCondong, Tweed River, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFisherman
AddressLismore, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 5.5"
Weight136 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Annie Albert, Dobie Street, North Grafton, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date30 March 1916
Place of enlistmentLismore, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name25th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/42/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 7 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll25th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 July 1918
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
106
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Brisbane, 7 September 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 2 November 1916.

Marched into 7th Training Bn, Rollestone, 21 November 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 14 December 1916; marched into Base Depot, Etaples, 14 December 1916.

Admitted to Segregation Camp, 6 January 1917; discharged to Base Depot, 247 January 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 10 February 1917; taken on strength of 25th Bn, 10 February 1917.

Wounded in action, 19 April 1917; admitted to No 6 Field Ambulance, and transferred to No 45 Casualty Clearing Station the same day (gunshot wound, thigh); to Ambulance Train, 23 April 1917; to No 13 General Hospital, 23 April 1917; to England, 26 April 1917; to Norfolk War Hospital, 26 April 1917; to No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, 16 May 1917; discharged to furlough, 11 June 1917; marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 25 June 1917.

Marched into No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 28 July 1917.

Classified 'B1A3', 29 July 1917.

Classified 'B1A4', 7 August 1917.

Classified 'A3', 3 October 1917.

Marched into Overseas Training Bde, 6 October 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 2 November 1917; marched into 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot, 3 November 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 6 November 1917; rejoined unit, 9 November 1917.

Killed in action, 4 July 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Note, Red Cross File No 2860608U: 'No trace Germany[.] Cert. by Capt. Mills 10-10-19.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, WARNER William Edmund
Red Cross File No 2860608U

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