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Regimental number4769
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Address34 Easey Street, Collingwood, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation34
Height6' 1"
Weight189 lbs
Next of kinFather, Joseph Rainsbury, 34 Easey Street, Collingwood, Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for enlistment on account of corns)
Enlistment date4 August 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 March 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll4769A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 22), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 60th Bn, Duntroon Plateau, 20 April 1916.

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

Reported Missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 4 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Note, Red Cross File No 2230605: 'No trace Germany[.] Cert. by Capt. Mills 10-10-19.'

Statement, 3068 Pte G. CARPENTER, C Company, 60th Bn, 4 June 1917: 'He was in C. Co. 9th Platoon. I saw his body early in the morning on the 20th July lying in "no man's land" (sic) just 10 yards over our trench near Fleurbaix. He had been killed outright by a shell. I could recognise him. I touched him and found him quite dead.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, RAINSBURY William
Red Cross File No 2230605

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