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William Edward PEEL

Regimental number149
Place of birthWallsend, Newcastle, New South Wales
Place of birthWallsend, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressMurmain Street, Wallsend, Newcastle, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation35
Height5' 7"
Weight117 lbs
Next of kinFather, W Peel, Murmain Street, Wallsend, Newcastle, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date9 November 1915
Place of enlistmentArmidale, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name33rd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/50/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A74 Marathon on 4 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll33rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 15 January 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Mary PEEL
Discharge date17 April 1919
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 3359 Pte Robert Pugh PEEL, 5th Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 23 July 1919; 519 Driver Thomas PEEL, 5th Divisional Ammunition Column, returned to Australia, 15 May 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 4 May 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 9 July 1916.

Found guilty, 25 August 1916, of failing to obey an order given personally by a superior Officer: admonished.

Found guilty, Larkhill, of being absent without leave from midnight, 24 October, to 6 am, 31 October 1916: awarded 21 days' Field Punishment No 2 and forfeiture of 7 days' pay; total forfeiture of 21 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 21 November 1916.

Admitted to 10th Field Ambulance, 25 April 1917 (scalded right foot); discharged to duty, 21 May 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 23 May 1917.

Found guilty, 23 August 1917, of whilst on Active Service being absent from Tattoo Roll Call until 10 pm: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Found guilty, 25 October 1917, of being absent without leave from 8.45 am, 25 October, to 9.30 am, 26 October 1917: awarded 28 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeiture of 2 days' pay; total forfeiture: 30 days' pay.

Found guilty, 4 January 1918, of whilst on Active Service being absent without leave from 1 pm-9.30 pm, 4 January 1918: awarded 4 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeiture of 1 day's pay; total forfeiture: 5 days' pay.

On leave to England, 17 February 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 4 March 1918.

Wounded in action, 17 April 1918 (gassed: severe), and admitted to 55th Field Ambulance, and transferred same day to 11th Stationary Hospital, Rouen; to England, 23 April 1918, and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Edgbaston, Birmingham; transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 31 May 1918. Marched out to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 3 June 1918; marched in to No 1 command Depot, Sutton Veny, 6 July 1918; to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 18 July 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 15 August 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 4 August 1918.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 22 August 1918 (gun shot wound, left hand), and admitted to 10th Australian Field Ambulance; transferred same day to 37th Casualty Clearing Station; to 9th General Hospital, 25 August 1918; to England, 26 August 1918, and admitted to Graylingwell War Hospital, Chichester, 27 August 1918. Discharged to Littlemoor Camp, Weymouth, 25 September 1918.

Marched in to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 11 November 1918.

Marched in to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 21 November 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Orsova', 8 January 1919; disembarked, Melbourne, 20 February 1919, for onward travel to Sydney; discharged (medically unfit), Sydney, 17 April 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death13 August 1939
Age at death58
Place of burialWallsend Cemetery, Newcastle, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, PEEL William Edward

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