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William Howard PARSONS

Regimental number3457
Date of birth8 April 1894
Place of birthArding near Armidale, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressLincoln, Dangarsleigh, Armidale, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, James Henry Parsons, Lincoln, Dangarsleigh, Armidale, New South Wales
Enlistment date30 December 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll20 December 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name55th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/72/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 24 January 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 July 1919
Other details

William served throughout France in some of the major battles of the Somme and was wounded by schrapnel in the shoulder.He carried the schrapnel for the rest of his life suffering much pain. On 20 January 1923 he married Ellen Maud Cooke in the Church of England Cathedral at Armidale and had nine children, the eldest (a boy) being stillborn. On 22 January 1942 William again enlisted, No 393494 in the A.I.F., at Adamstown, volunteering for overseas service but when it was discovered he had put his age back ten years, he was transferred as a fitter to the 14th Advanced Ammunition repair unit and spent time at Wallangarra, Bathurst and Moorebank, before transferring to Marrangaroo near Lithgow.

Date of death30 June 1973 at Armidale
Age at death79
Place of burialArmidale Church of England Cemetery

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