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William Elvin BAILEY

Regimental number1611
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address572 Crown Street, Surry Hills, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 6.5"
Weight134 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Florence Bailey, 572 Crown Street, Surry Hills, New South Wales
Previous military serviceMilitia
Enlistment date2 May 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 May 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 12 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 10 May 1917
Place of death or woundingFrance
Place of burialGrevillers British Cemetery (Plot I, Row A, Grave No. 12), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Proceeded to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 16 August 1915; disembarked Alexandria from Gallipoli, 23 December 1915 (bronchitis); admitted to No 1 Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, 23 December 1915; transferred to Overseas Base, Ghezirah, 30 December 1915.

Transferred to Imperial School of Instruction, Zeitoun, 27 March 1916; promoted Temporary Corporal, 27 March 1916.

Admitted to No 4 Auxiliary Hospital, Abbassia, 9 June 1916; transferred to British Red Cross Convalescent Hospital, Montazah, 15 July 1916 (enteric); discharged to duty, Tel-el-Kebir, 7 August 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 27 August 1916.

Taken on strength, 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 24 September 1916; reverted to Private, 25 September 1916; promoted Temporary Corporal, 27 September 1916.

Proceeded to join 53rd Bn, 7 October 1916; taken on strength, 9 October 1916; reverted to Private, 9 October 1916.

Transferred to 17th Bn, 24 November 1916; taken on strength, 25 November 1916.

Wounded in action, 3 May 1917; admitted to 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station, (shrapnel wound, fractured skull), 3 May 1917; died of wounds, 10 May 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BAILEY William Elvin

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