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William Whyte Stuart OWEN

Regimental number1326
Place of birthCunningham, Ayrshire, Scotland
SchoolSkerry's College, Scotland
Age on arrival in Australia21
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationOverseer
AddressMussel Creek, Muswellbrook, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation35
Height5' 10"
Weight158 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Stuart Bass Owen, Dundonald, Ayrshire, Scotland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date28 August 1915
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 9 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 2), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
117
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 9 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 11 December 1915.

Admitted to No 15 Field Ambulance, Tel el Kebir (gastric enteritis); discharged to duty, 15 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Reported missing, 20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 23 July 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 2070613, 1308 Pte W. GRAHAM, 30th bn (patient, 2nd Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne), 21 September 1916: 'We had been told to retire but a whole bunch of men did not hear the order and were cut off. Next day the Shropshires saw a party of our boys marched along the road behind the German line prisoners. I am pretty certain that Owen and [2766 W.R.] Willing were amongst them.'

Second statement, 6 E.C. EVANS, 30th Bn (patient, 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, England), 4 December 1916: 'He was killed at No-Man's Land, Fleurbaix. I did not see him killed, but I helped to bury him. He was about 5ft. 7in. high, medium build, dark hair. There were so many to bury that I had not time to particularly notice what had happened to him. Am certain it was OWEN, didn't know him by his number. He had no disc on him, we all knew it was OWEN. He was buried in the Cemetery there.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, OWEN William Whyte Stuart
Red Cross File No 2070613

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