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Alexander McWILLIAM

Regimental number6087
Place of birthTipperary, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationRailway employee
AddressQuorn, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 9.5"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs M McWilliam, 120 Hamilton Road, Everton Liverpool, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date24 May 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 19th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 12 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 4 July 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in South Australian Garden of Remembrance
Discharge date19 October 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 12 August 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 30 September 1916. Marched in to 3rd Training Bn, 1 October 1916.

Admitted to No 1 Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 13 November 1916; discharged and transferred to Parkhouse Hospital 18 December 1916; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 36 days; marched in to unit 6 January 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France 25 February 1917. Taken on strength No 1 Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, 1 March 1917. Taken on strength, 10th Bn, 4 March 1917.

Admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance, 19 April 1917 (injury to ankle, accidental); transferred to 5th Divisional Rest Station, 20 April 1917; to Casualty Clearing Station, 21 April 1917; admitted to 56th Casualty Clearing Station, 15 May 1917. Admitted to 2nd Stationary Hospital, Abbeville, 16 May 1917 (trench fever); transferred to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Abbeville, 18 May 1917; discharged to duty, 8 June 1917; proceeded to No 1 Australian Divisional Base Depot, Le Havre, 9 June 1917; rejoined unit, 2 July 1917.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance and transferred to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 3 September 1917 (acute appendicitis); to 18th General Hospital, Camier, 9 September 1917; to England, 13 September 1917; admitted to 5th Southern General Hospital, Portsmouth, 14 September 1917. Transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 8 October 1917; discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 12 October 1917; marched in to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 29 October 1917. Marched in to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge, Deverill, 15 December 1917.

Charged with being absent without leave from 28 December 1917 to 22 January 1918: case dismissed on production of medical certificate.

Proceeded overseas to France, 21 February 1918; rejoins unit 26 February 1918. Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance and transferred to 2nd Casualty Clearing Station, 1 May 1918 (lacerated left hand, accidental); admitted to 2nd Australian General Hospital, 2 May 1918; to England, 5 May 1918, and admitted to Central Military Hospital, Chatham. Transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 5 June 1918; discharged on furlough, 14 June 1918, to report to No 4 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 29 June 1918.

Admitted to Belmont Road Auxiliary Hospital, Liverpool, 9 July 1918 (post influenza debility, caught on leave); transferred to No 1 Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 2 August 1918; discharged to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 10 August 1918. Marched in to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 10 September 1918.

Found guilty, 8 March 1919, of being absent without leave from 12:00am, 5 March 1919, to 8:40pm, 6 March 1919: awarded 3 days' confined to camp; forfeited a total of 1 days' pay.

Found guilty, 16 June 1919, of being absent without leave from 12:00am, 10 June 1916, to 6:00am, 13 June 1919: admonished by Major Aitken; forfeited a total of 3 days' pay.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Norman', 4 July 1919; arrived Port Adelaide and admitted to 7th Australian General Hospital, 15 August 1918; discharged and examined by medical board, 4 September 1919; held over and discharged (TPE), 19 October 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death31 August 1949
SourcesNAA: B2455, McWILLIAM Alexander

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