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William Alexander WILSON

Regimental number2475
Place of birthEaglehawk, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressOff Simpson Road, Eaglehawk, Bendigo, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation40
Height5' 2"
Weight126 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Florence Wilson, off Simpson Road, Eaglehawk, Bendigo, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date12 July 1915
Place of enlistmentEaglehawk, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name23rd Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/40/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT RMS Osterley on 29 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll23rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 23 July 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance
Discharge date30 May 1921
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 23rd Bn, Tel el Kebir, 11 January 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 26 March 1916.

Wounded in action, France, 28 July 1916; admitted to 2nd Australian Field Ambulance, 29 July 1916 (bullet wound, head and left shoulder); transferred same day to 4th Casualty Clearing Station (gun shot wound, forehead and left arm); transferred by Ambulance Train No 26, 29 July 1916, and admitted to No 13 Stationary Hospital, Boulogne, 31 July 1916; discharged to duty, 21 August 1916; rejoined unit, 27 August 1916.

Attached for rations and duty to 7th Field Company Engineers, Belgium, 7 October 1916.

Transferred to Anzac Light railway, France, 31 March 1917; attachment ceased, 17 June 1917. Taken on strength, 23rd Bn, 18 June 1917.

Attached to 2nd Mobile Veterinary Section, Belgium, 1 November 1917; ceased to be attached, and rejoined 23rd Bn, 11 November 1917.

Wounded in action, France, 27 April 1918, and admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance (gun shot wound, right leg); transferred same day to 11th Casualty Clearing Station; transferred by Ambulance Train No 14, 28 April 1918, and admitted to 1st USA General Hospital Etretat, 29 April 1918. transferred to England, 12 May 1918, and admitted to City of London Military Hospital, Clapton, 13 May 1918; transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 24 June 1918. Discharged to Hospital Ship for return to Australia, 30 June 1918.

Commenced return to Australia, 23 July 1918; disembarked Sydney for onward travel to Melbourne, 3 October 1918; discharged, Melbourne (medically unfit), 30 May 1921.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death17 May 1929

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