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William Gordon STARR

Regimental number1291
Place of birthMolong, New South Wales
SchoolPublic School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBrickmaker
AddressMolong, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 4"
Weight128 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Hannah Starr, Thistle Street, Molong, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date22 February 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A32 Themistocles on 12 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France (Battle of Fromelles)
Age at death23.8
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 13), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
161
Family/military connectionsBrother: 671 Lance Corporal Bertie George STARR MM, 17th Bn, returned to Australia, 5 April 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 16 August 1915.

To hospital, 23 December 1915; admitted to No 17 General Hospital, Alexandria, 11 January 1916 (bronchitis); transferred to Convalescent Home, Montasah, 13 March 1916; discharged to duty, 3 April 1916; rejoined Bn Details, 5th Infantry Details, Tel el Kebir, 19 April 1916.

Taken on strength of 55th Bn, Ferry Post, 20 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 26 July 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'.

Note, Red Cross File No 2610302: 'No trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills 10.10.19.'

Statement, 3264 Lance Corporal J. CHARTERS, B Company, 55th Bn (patient, 3rd Southern General Hospital, Town Hall, Oxford, England), 9 November 1916: 'Informant states that "in the end of Sept. I saw an official list of prisoners and Pte. Starr's name was on the list. We were on a detached fort at the time and a special list was issued to us. I copied out the list and kept it."'

Second statement, 2854 Sergeant J. JEFFERIES, B Company, 55th Bn, 29 January 1917: 'He was in the 16th sec. 16th pltn. and went over with them at Fromelles on 19th July. They got into a hot corner near the German line and were all practically wiped out. The bodies would be close to the German trenches which were 400 yds. from our lines. Hundreds of bodies were lying about and could not be brought in.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, STARR William Gordon
Red Cross File No 2610302

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