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Regimental number3493
Place of birthHobart, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
Address15 King Street, North Hobart, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 2"
Weight115 lbs
Next of kinFather, William S Willing, 15 King Street, North Hobart, Tasmania
Previous military serviceServed for 2.5 years in the Senior Cadets ('Been away for 2 years.')
Enlistment date29 July 1915
Place of enlistmentClaremont, Tasmania
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit name6th Field Company Engineers
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/25/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 24 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Field Company Engineers
FateReturned to Australia 15 May 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William Samuel and Amelia Caroline WILLING
Discharge date2 November 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Admitted to 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station, Ismailia, 5 January 1916 (enteritis); transferred to 2nd Australian General Hospital, Cairo, 6 January 1916; discharged to Overseas Base, Ghezireh, 11 January 1916.

Admitetd to 8th Field Ambulance, and transferred to 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station, Ferry Post, 24 January 1916 (pediculi corpons); date of discharge not recorded.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 27 March 1916.

Admitted to 6th Field Ambulance, and transferred to 8th Casualty Clearing Station, 23 April 1916 (crushed by pontoon while unloading it from a wagon at Erquingham: two ribs and arm broken; soldier not to blame); transferred to England, 14 May 1916, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, 15 May 1916; transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 31 May 1916; discharged to Training Depot, 5 June 1916.

Marched in to No 7 Camp, Perham Downs, from No 1 command Depot, 21 December 1916.

Transferred to 17th Field Company Engineers, 4 June 1917.

Found guilty, 11 July 1917, of being absent without leave, 8-10 July 1917: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited a total of 10 days' pay.

Admiotted to Military hospital, tidworth, 29 July 1917 (appendicitis); discharged to Training Depot, 11 September 1917.

Marched in to No 1 Command Depot, 17 September 1917, and classified B.1.A.

Marched in to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 18 September 1917.

Marched in to Engineers Training Depot, Brightlingsea, 27 September 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 15 March 1918; taken on strength, 6th Field Company Engineers, 24 March 1918.

Admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance, 1 February 1919 (ague), and transferred to 20th Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train No 19, 2 February 1919, and admitted to 25th General Hospital, 6 February 1919; to England, 18 February 1919, and admitted to Fulham Military Hospital (eczema); discharged on furlough, 27 February 1919, to report to No 1 Command Depot, 13 March 1919.

Admitted to No 2 Auxiliary Hospital, Southall, 24 May 1919 (influenza); discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 6 April 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Orontes', 15 May 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 28 June 1919; discharged (medically unfit: disordered micturation and debility), Hobart, 2 November 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to war service.
Date of death13 November 1934
Age at death39
Place of burialCornelian Bay Cemetery, Hobart, Tasmania
SourcesNAA: B2455, WILLING Raymond

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