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William Henry John MAYS

Regimental number2644
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarrier
AddressBrunswick, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 5"
Weight128 lbs
Next of kinFather, W J Mays, Fire Station, Brunswick, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for enlistment on account of teeth)
Enlistment date29 June 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board SS Makarini on 15 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 21), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
170
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined 8th Bn, Anzac, Gallipoli, 7 December 1915.

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

Transferred to 60th Bn, Tel el Kebir, and taken on strength, 24 February 1916.

Admitted to 15th Field Ambulance, 7 April 1916 (influenza); rejoined Bn, Fery Post, 15 April 1916.

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

Reported Missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 4 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Handwritten notation on B103: 'No trace of Grave on Research'.

Note, Red Cross File No 1750409: 'No trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills 10.10.19.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, MAYS William Henry John
Red Cross File No 1750409

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