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Arthur Phillip BILLS

Regimental number2856
Place of birthLaura, South Australia
SchoolLaura Public School, South Australia; Prince Alfred College, Adelaide, South Australia
Other trainingCommercial College
ReligionMethodist
OccupationClerk
Address84 Frederick Street, Unley, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 8.5"
Weight138 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Harriett Bills, 84 Frederick Street, Unley, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed in the Cadets from 14 years of age., and in 74th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date15 March 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name50th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/67/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 6 November 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll50th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 11 August 1918
Place of death or woundingBray, Somme Sector, France
Age at death24
Place of burialBronfay Farm Military Cemetery (Plot II, Row G, Grave No 47), Bray-sur-Somme, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
150
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 7 November 1916, and appointed Voyage Only Sergeant, at sea; disembarked Plymouth, England, 9 January 1917.

Marched in to 13th Training Bn, Codford, 10 January 1917, and reverted to Private.

Appointed EDP [Extra Duty Pay] Corporal, 11 January 1917.

On Command at School of Musketry, Tidworth, 12 January 1917.

On Command at NCOs' School, Kandahar, 13 February 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 9 May 1917; ,arched in to 4th Australian Devision Base Depot, Etaples, 10 May 1917, and reverted to Private.

Taken on strength, 50th Bn, in the field, 13 May 1917.

To attend No 5 Officer Cadet Bn, Cambridge, England, 5 July 1917; qualified, and appointed 2nd Lieutenant, 3 November 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 18 November 1917; taken on strength, 50th Bn, in the field, 26 November 1917.

Accidentally injured (bayonet wound), 6 May 1918, and admitted to 12th Australian Field Ambulance, and transferred to 4th Casualty Clearing Station, and thence to 10th Red Cross Hospital, Le Treport; discharged to Base Depot, Havre, 15 June 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 23 June 1918.

Promoted Lieutenant, 14 May 1918.

Killed in action, 11 August 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BILLS Arthur Phillip

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