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William GRAY

Regimental number6814
Place of birthWilliamstown, Victoria
SchoolWilliamstown South State School and Nott Street State School, Port Melbourne, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressPort Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Height5' 5"
Weight112 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Eliza Gray c/o Mrs G Beasley, Graham Street, Port Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date30 January 1917
Place of enlistmentColac, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name23rd Battalion, 19th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/40/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 11 May 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll23rd Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularContracted pneumonia in France and died in hospital in England.
FateDied of disease 13 October 1918
Place of death or woundingDied of illness.
Age at death35
Place of burialAbbeville Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot IV, Row G, Grave No. 21), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Eliza GRAY, 108 Graham Street, Port Melbourne, Victoria. Native of Williamstown, Victoria
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 11 May 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 20 July 1917, and marched into 5th Training Bn, Rollestone, the same day.

Proceeded overseas to France, 4 December 1917; marched into 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Le Havre, 5 December 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 9 December 1917; taken on strength of 23rd Bn, in the field, 11 December 1917.

Admitted to No 11 Australian Field Ambulance, 15 December 1917 (pleurisy); discharged, 29 December 1917; rejoined unit, 30 December 1917.

Admitted to No 6 Australian Field Ambulance, 8 January 1918 (not yet diagnosed); transferred to No 1 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 11 January 1917; to No 54 General Hospital, 12 January 1918 (pleurisy); to No 12 Convalescent Camp, Auberque, 1 February 1918; to No 10 Convalescent Depot, Ecault, 25 March 1918; marched into Australian Intermediate Base Depot, Le Havre, 28 March 1918.

Proceeded to unit, 10 April 1918; rejoined 23rd Bn, 20 April 1918.

Tried by Field General Court Martial, 21 September 1918, on a charge of when on active service, deserting His Majesty's Service, 4 July 1918: found guilty: sentenced to 3 years' penal servitude; sentence confirmed by General Officer Commanding, 6th Australian Infantry Bde, 22 September 1918; sentence promulgated, 23 September 1918.

Posted as absent without leave, 28 September 1918.

Sentence of 3 years' penal servitude suspended by Deputy Assistant Adjutant General, 5 October 1918.

Rejoined unit, 8 October 1918, after being absent without leave since 28 September 1918; no disciplinary action taken.

Admitted to No 6 Australian Field Ambulance, 11 October 1918 (pyrexia of unknown origin); transferred to No 3 Australian General Hospital, Abbeville, 11 October 1918.

Died, 13 October 1918 (broncho pneumonia due to exposure).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, GRAY William

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