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William PARSONS

Regimental number4864
Place of birthMortlake, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressShepparton, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 7.5"
Weight138 lbs
Next of kinFather, Mr A Parsons, Shepparton, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date3 November 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 17), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
168
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 58th Bn, Ferry Post, 20 April 1916.

Transferred to 59th Bn, 19 May 1916.

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

Posted missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 29 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Handwritten note on Form B103: 'Presume Buried In No Man's Land approx 5J90 43 to 5K02.5.1 Sheet Hazebrouck 5A'.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSigned Attestation Form with 'his mark' - X.
SourcesNAA: B2455, PARSONS William

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