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Regimental number2011
Date of birth15 September 1896
Place of birthElgin, South Australia
SchoolAdelaide High School, South Australia
AddressDutton Terrace, Medindie, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 8"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Isabel Emily Willsmore, Dutton Terrace, Medindie, South Australia
Previous military serviceSenior Cadets: 79th Infantry
Enlistment date20 September 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name50th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/67/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 13 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Light Trench Mortar Battery
FateDied of disease 22 October 1918
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialSte Marie Cemetery (Division 62, Plot V, Row M, Grave No. 11), Le Havre, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in North Road Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia. Parents: Arthur and Isabel Emily WILLSMORE
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2010A Pte Arthur Reginald WILLSMORE, 13th Light Trench Mortar Battery, returned to Australia, 25 February 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 13 July 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 9 September 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 28 November 1916; marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 30 November 1916.

Admitted to No 26 General Hospital, 6 December 1916 (pyrexia of unknown origin); transferred to No 6 Convalescent Depot, Etaples, 16 December 1916; marched into Base Depot, 16 December 1916.

Taken on strength of 50th Bn, in the field, 10 January 1917.

Detached for duty with 13th Australian Light Trench Mortar Battery, 16 March 1917.

Transferred to, and taken on strength of 13th Australian Light Trench Mortar Battery, 10 November 1917.

On leave to England, 20 November 1917; rejoined unit, 8 December 1917.

To 4th Army Rest Camp, 26 July 1918; rejoined unit, 10 August 1918.

Admitted to No 4 Australian Field Ambulance, 20 September 1918, and transferred to No 53 Casualty Clearing Station, the same day (inflammation of connective tissues, left knee); to No 3 Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 22 September 1918; to No 2 Convalescent Depot, Rouen, 28 September 1918; to No 1 Australian Convalescent Depot, Le Havre, 1 October 1918.

Admitted to No 2 General Hospital, 15 October 1918.

Died, No 2 General Hospital, 22 October 1918 (influenza, and broncho pneumonia).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, WILLSMORE Max Carlyle

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