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Regimental number2225
Place of birthRichmond, Victoria
SchoolRichmond State School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFactory hand
Address120 Green Street, Richmond, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 4.5"
Weight126 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Willis, 120 Green Street, Richmond, Victoria
Enlistment date18 January 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 17 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialRation Farm Military Cemetery (Plot VII, Row C, Grave No. 1), La Chapelle d'Armentieres, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John James and Margaret WILLIS
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined 7th Bn, Gallipoli, 5 August 1915.

Admitted to No 3 Field Ambulance Advanced Dressing Station, 1 September 1915; transferred to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 3 September 1915 (dysentery); transferred to Mudros, 3 September 1915, and then to No 2 General Hospital, Cairo, 9 September 1915; to Mena Convalescent Depot, 8 October 1915 (diarrhoea); discharged to duty, 20 October 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to rejoin Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 4 November 1915; rejoined 7th Bn, Sarpi Camp, Lemnos, 9 November 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Transferred to 59th Bn, and taken on strength, Tel el Kebir, 24 Feruary 1916.

Transferred to 60th Bn, and taken on strength, 15 March 1916.

Admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, 30 March 1916 (exhaustion), and transferred same day to No 1 Australian Stationary Hospital; to 8th Australian Field Ambulance, Ismailia, 31 March 1916 (exhaustion); discharged to unit, 1 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 21 March 1918, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Note, Red Cross File No 29706: 'No trace Germany[.] Cert. by Capt. Mills 10-10-19.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, WILLIS John
Red Cross File No 2970603

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