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Henry Joseph WILLIAMS

Regimental number5212
Place of birthDublin, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationSleeper hewer
Addressc/o R F Spencer, Collie, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 7.75"
Weight156 lbs
Next of kinMother, H William, 106 Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin, Ireland
Previous military serviceServed for 2.5 years in the Royal Field Reserve Artillery.
Enlistment date6 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll8 January 1916
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 31 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 11 December 1918
Discharge date1 June 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Fremantle on 'Shropshire', 31 March 1916; marched into 4th Training Bn, Egypt, 24 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria on HT 'Ionian' and proceeded to join British Expeditionary Force, 7 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 14 June 1916; marched out from 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 17 August 1916; taken on strength of 16th Bn, 19 August 1916.

Admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, 11 February 1917; transferred to 4th Divisional Receiving Station, 12 February 1917; to 45th Casualty Clearing Station, 14 February 1917 (otitis media); to Ambulance Train '15', 16 February 1917; transferred to 6th General Hospital, Rouen, 17 February 1917; to No 2 Convalescent Depot, Rouen, 22 February 1917; discharged on furlough, 21 March 1917 (Classified A). Marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 4 April 1917; moved out to unit, 18 April 1917; rejoined unit in field, 19 April 1917.

Admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, 14 September 1917; transferred to 58th Casualty Clearing Station, 16 September 1917 (otitis media, deafness); to Ambulance Train '5', 19 September 1917; to 4th General Hospital, 19 September 1917; discharged to duty, 23 September 1917; marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Havre, 25 September 1917; moved out to unit, 7 October 1917; rejoined unit in field, 13 October 1917; detached to 2nd Canadian Tunneling Company, 22 January 1918; rejoined unit, 23 February 1918.

Admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, 28 May 1918, and transferred to 47th Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train, 3 June 1918; to 9th General Hospital, Rouen, 4 June 1918. Proceeded to England on HS 'Western Australia', 5 June 1918; admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham, 6 June 1918 (trench fever, infected ear); transferred to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 28 June 1918; discharged to No 4 Commend Depot, Harefield, 15 July 1918; marched into Overseas Training Brigade, Deverill, 15 October 1918; marched into No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 30 November 1915.

Commenced return to Australia on HT 'Saxon', 11 December 1918; disembarked Fremantle, 20 January 1919. Discharged as being medically unfit for service, Perth, 1 June 1919 (chronic otitis media).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, WILLIAMS Henry Joseph

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