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William Barker HART

Regimental number2674
Place of birthManchester, England
Other trainingArticled to Messrs. David Smith, Garnett, Chartered Accountants, Manchester, England
Age on arrival in Australia24
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationAccountant
Addressc/o J. and N. Phillips and Co, 48 York Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinSister, Miss Dorothy Hart, c/o J. and N. Phillips and Co, 48 York Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date12 April 1916
Place of enlistmentCootamundra, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name55th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/72/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 7 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularIn 1914 (February) was appointed to the Australian branch of Messrs J & N Phillips of Manchester, as Accountant.
FateKilled in Action 4 July 1918
Place of death or woundingVillers-Bretonneux, France
Age at death29
Place of burialFranvillers Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot I, Row G, Grave No. 8), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
160
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 7 October 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 21 November 1916.

Promoted Acting Corporal, 22 November 1916.

Marched into 14th Training Bn, no date stated.

Proceeded overseas to France, 21 December 1916; marched into 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 22 December 1916, and reverts to the rank of Private the same day.

Promoted to Acting Corporal (extra duty pay), 24 December 1916.

Proceeded to unit, 6 February 1917; taken on strength of 55th Bn, in the field, 8 February 1917, and reverts to the rank of Private the same day.

Promoted Lance Corporal, 24 April 1917.

Detached to Divisional Gas School, 30 May 1917; rejoined unit, 3 June 1917.

Admitted to No 8 Australian Field Ambulance, 28 July 1917 (trench fever); transferred to No 56 Casualty Clearing Station, 29 July 1917; to No 5 General Hospital, Rouen, 30 July 1917; to England, 16 August 1917; to No 2 Southern General Hospital, Bristol, 17 August 1917; to No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 29 August 1918; discharged to furlough, 31 August 1917, and to report to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 14 September 1917.

Classified 'B1A3', No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 5 October 1917.

Classified 'A3', 7 November 1917.

Taken on strength of Permanent Cadre, No 3 Command Depot, 1 January 1918.

Marched out to Overseas Training Bde, 30 April 1918, and transferred to 55th Bn the same day; marched into Overseas Training Bde, Longbridge Deverill, 30 April 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 22 May 1918; marched into Australian Intermediate Base Depot, Le Havre, 24 May 1918.

Proceeded to unit, 26 May 1918; rejoined 55th Bn, 6 June 1918.

Killed in action, 4 July 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HART William Barker

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