William Thomas WHILEY

Regimental number2289
Place of birthSheffield, Tasmania
SchoolClaude Road State School, Tasmania
OccupationBuilding contractor
AddressClaud Road, Sheffield, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 9.5"
Weight168 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Whiley, Claud Road, Sheffield, Tasmania
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date21 July 1915
Place of enlistmentClaremont, Tasmania
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 27 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Light Trench Mortar Battery
FateKilled in Action 4 July 1918
Age at death25
Place of burialAdelaide Cemetery (Plot III, Row L, Grave 12), Villers-Bretonneux, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas William and Emily WHILEY.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 26th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 5 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 15 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 21 March 1916.

Transferred to 7th Light Trench Mortar Battery, 20 July 1916.

Promoted Temporary Corporal, 26 September 1917; reverted to Private, 23 October 1917.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 23 October 1917.

Promoted Temporary Corporal, 7 November 1917.

Promoted Corporal, 4 January 1918.

On leave to Paris, 29 January 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 7 February 1918.

On leave to England, 25 February 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 16 March 1918.

Admitted to 7th Australian Field Ambulance, 5 May 1918 (cellulitis, right ankle); transferred to 4th Casualty Clearing Station, 6 May 1918; to 16th US Army General Hospital, Le Treport, 6 May 1918; to Base Depot, Havre,12 May 1918; rejoined unit, in the field, 11 June 1918.

Admitted to 7th Field Ambulance, 22 June 1918 (sprained left ankle); discharged to duty, and rejoined unit, 24 June 1918.

Killed in action, 4 July 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, WHILEY William Thomas