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William Alexander GILL

Regimental number1551
Place of birthLaunceston, Tasmania
SchoolPrivate, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Height5' 6.625"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFather, W Gill, Cr Arthur and Sanden Street, Launceston, Tasmania
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date10 December 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll8 December 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 19 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll50th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Age at death31
Age at death from cemetery records31
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 15), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
167
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Elizabeth GILL. Native of Launceston, Tasmania
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 8246 Bombardier Alick Roy GILL, 6th Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia, 27 April 1919; 670 Pte Tasman Henry GILL, 40th Bn, returned to Australia, 4 July 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined 7th Bn, Gallipoli, 8 My 1915.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 4 December 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Transferred to and taken on strength, 59th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 24 Debruary 1916.

Promoted Corporal, Hog's Back, 9 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 29 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Handwritten note on Form B103: 'Presume Buried in No Man's Land approx 5J90 43 to 5K02.5.1 Sheet Hazebrouck 5A'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, GILL William Alexander
Red Cross file 1160809

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