|Date of birth|
|Place of birth||Mansfield, Victoria|
|School||Mansfield State School, Victoria|
|Address||15 Clarendon Street, Northcote, Melbourne, Victoria|
|Age at embarkation||33|
|Next of kin||Wife, Mrs Alice Ackerly, 60 Mansfield Street, Northcote, Melbourne, Victoria|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll|
|Place of enlistment||Melbourne, Victoria|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||21st Battalion, 12th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/38/2|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||21st Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Warlencourt, Somme, France|
|Age at death||35|
|Age at death from cemetery records||35|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
|Miscellaneous information from|
|Parents: Harry and L.A.C. ACKERLY; husband of Alice R. ACKERLY, 15 Clarendon Street, Northcote, Victoria|
|Family/military connections||Brother: 3996 Sergeant Harry Philip ACKERLY, Australian Army Pay Corps, returned to Australia, 12 July 1919.|
War service: Western Front
Embarked Melbourne, 4 April 1916; disembarked england (date not recorded).
Proceeded overseas to France, 5 September 1916; joined 21st Bn, in the field, Belgium, 19 September 1916.
Killed in action, France, 25 February 1917.
Statement, Red Cross File No 0010706E, 4420 Pte H.L. GAMON, C Company, 21st Bn, 12 May 1917: 'He was sniped through the stomach at Ginchy and died the same day. His body was recovered and buried the same day.'
Second statement, 1589 Pte A.E. SHORT, 21st Bn (patient, 26th General Hospital, Etaples), 8 May 1917: 'I did not know Acklerly well but he was the only casualty of our patrol ... After the Germans evacuated to the left of Le Sars at thev end of February six of us and two L/Cpls. went out on patrol. We were under the cover of a bank but after the Cpl. had had a look over we all got up. No sooner had we all shown over the top than several rifles cracked and Ackerly rolled down the bank dead. It was rather curious we could only see a scratch on his forehead but he was certainly killed on the spot.'
Third statement, 582 Pte T.J. BROWN, 21st Bn (patient, No 10 General hospital, Rouen), 9 May 1917: 'Informant states that he was out on Patrol with, and next to, Ackerly when he was shot through the head by a sniper. He died, whilst Informant with others, was removing his Pay Book and one of his discs, which were handed in to Capt. Pearce of C. Coy. He was buried where he lay, according to Informant, by some men of the 27th Battn. which relieved the 21st a few days later. These men identified him by his remaining disc.'Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, ACKERLY William Arthur Harry
Red Cross File No 0010706E