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William Thurman HUTCHESON

Regimental number3808
Place of birthColeraine, Victoria
SchoolHamilton College, Hamilton, Victoria
Address358 Albert Road, Albert Park, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 5.25"
Next of kinFather, W R Hutcheson, McLeod Street, Coleraine, Victoria
Enlistment date2 August 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 23 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularObtained scholarship at Coleraine State School; completed his education at Hamilton College, leaving after two years as dux of the school.
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France
Age at death20
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 14), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Ada HUTCHESON, Dooboobetic, Victoria. Native of Coleraine, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength of 6th Bn, Serapeum, 22 February 1916.

Admitted to No 1 Field Ambulance, 8 March 1916 (orchitis); transferred to No 1 Australian Stationary Hospital, Ismailia, 11 March 1916; to Hospital Train, 14 March 1916; to No 3 General Hospital, Cairo, 14 March 1916; to Overseas Base, Cairo, 21 March 1916; marched into A Details, Zeitoun, 27 March 1916; taken on strength of 58th Bn from 2nd Training Bn, 1 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 1 September 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 1400313, 3597 Pte H.J. McDONALD, 58th Bn (patient, 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, England), 15 November 1916: 'Was a bomb thrower at Fleurbaix - Sailly. He was wounded and I heard he died in hospital somewhere.'

Second statement, 2735 Sergeant S.R. NIDDRIE [NIDDIE on file], 58th Bn (patient, Red Cross Hospital, Netley, England), 28 December 1916: On July 19/16 during our attack near Armentieres I saw Hutchison drop. He said he was hit in the ribs. Hutchsion as in the Grenade Section attached to D Company.'

Note on file: 'No trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills 10.10.19.'

Third statement, 3543 Pte A.W. ALLAN, 58th Bn, 17 September 1917: 'I was his mate on the 19th of July when we went over the top at Fleurbaix. He only went about a hundred yards when he fell[;] also our officer was close to him and they both got hit with Machine Gun bullets as there was a machine gun playing on us after we got over the parapet[.] I could not stop to look after him but I sent out a stretcher Bearer (sic) to look after them but they were both dead. Very likely he would be reported Missing as the man (sic) were lying in heaps and they could not get them in, and most likely they are there yet.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HUTCHESON William Thurman
Red Cross file 1400313

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