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William Edward Ernest BOND

Regimental number4296
Place of birthDeniliquin, New South Wales
SchoolGeelong State School, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
Address66 Little Ryrie Street, Geelong, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 3.25"
Weight119 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Bond, 66 Little Ryrie Street, Geelong, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil (failed to register under Compulsory Military Training scheme)
Enlistment date24 November 1915
Place of enlistmentGeelong, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name24th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFrance
Date of death19 July 1916
Age at death18
Age at death from cemetery records18
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 14), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles, France
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John Henry and Mary BOND, Lara, Victoria. Native of Deniliquin, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

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

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Reported missing in action, 19 July 1916.

Red Cross File No 530705 has statement from 3561 R. LOWERSON, A Company, 58th Bn (patient, Ward 34, 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, England), 8 November 1916: 'At Fleurs he was in the same part of the trench as I was and was blown to pieces by a shell on the 11th. of July at night. He was in the same Company (A) as I was and I think he came from Ascot in Victoria.'

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 1 September 1917, pronounced fate as 'KILLED IN ACTION, 19 July 1916'.

Handwritten notation on file (p. 4): 'Buried in vicinity of Fleurbaix'.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BOND William Edward Ernest
Red Cross file 530705

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