Willie Thomson HILLAM

Regimental number1147
Date of birth15 August 1885
Place of birthCuldaburra, South Australia
SchoolMambray Public School, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressBaroota, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30.7
Height5' 9.5"
Weight171 lbs
Next of kinFather, Priestly Hillam, same address
Previous military serviceMember, Port Germein Rifle Club.
Enlistment date10 March 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name43rd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/60/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 9 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll43rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 20 May 1919
Discharge date24 August 1919
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 511 Pte Archie Phillis HILLAM, 1st Machine Gun Bn, returned to Australia, 23 July 1919; 2094 Pte George Priestley HILLAM, 43rd Bn, died of disease, 31 July 1917.
Other details

War service: embarked Adelaide, 9 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 20 July 1916. Proceeded to England for training.

Proceeded to France via Southampton, 25 November 1916.

Admitted to hospital with mumps, 9 December 1916; admitted to 7th General Hospital, St Omer, 11 December 1916; transferred to Base Details, St Omer, 31 December 1916; rejoined 43rd Bn in the field, 1 January 1917.

Admitted to 9th Field Ambulance, septic right leg, 5 March 1917; rejoined unit in the field, 23 March 1917.

Detached for duty at 11th Brigade Headquarters, 1 June 1917; rejoined 43rd Bn, 13 June 1917.

Wounded in action, 2 July 1917; admitted to 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station (gun shot wound, buttock and left leg), 3 July 1917; thence to 32nd Stationary Hospital, Wimereux, and to 8th Ambulance Train for transfer to England. Admitted to Norfolk War Hospital, Norwich, 26 July 1917. Granted furlough in England, 23 August-6 September 1917.

Reclassified B1 and posted to Overseas Training Brigade, 18 October 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 2 November 1917.

On leave in Paris, 24 February-8 March 1918; on leave in England, 19 March-9 April 1918.

Wounded, second occasion (gas), 26 May 1918; admitted to 49th Casualty Clearing Station, 26 May 1918; rejoined 43rd Bn, 9 July 1918.

Appointed Driver, 4 January 1919. Marched out to England, 7 April 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Liverpool on board HT 'Nestor', 20 May 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 29 June 1919. Discharged, 24 August 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death5 June 1970
Age at death85
Place of burialCentennial Park Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, HILLAM Willie Thomson