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William James AMBROSE

Regimental number6657
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
Place of birthPaddington, Sydney, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationIronworker
Address11 Walker Street, Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 5.75"
Weight142 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Elsie Catherine Ambrose, 149 Crown Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 12 months in public school Cadets.
Enlistment date22 November 1915
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name7th Field Company Engineers, Reinforcement 4
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/26/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 11 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Field Company Engineers
FateReturned to Australia 9 December 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas and Sarah Jane AMBROSE. Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance.
Discharge date25 April 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 11 March 1916; disembarked Alexandria, 14 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria, 28 May 1916; disembarked England (date not recorded).

Appointed Acting Lance Corporal, 1 July 1916.

Reverted to Sapper, 25 January 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 26 January 1917; taken on strength, 7th Field Company Engineers, in the field, 12 February 1917.

Admitted to 5th Field Ambulance, 8 May 1917 (tachycardia), and transferred same day to 4th Division Rest Station; to 9th Casualty Clearing Station, 10 May 1917, to 4th Casualty Clearing Station, 16 May 1917; discharged to duty, 27 May 1917.

Admitted to 5th Division Rest Station, 27 May 1917 (disordered action of the heart), and transferred same day to 9th Casualty Clearing Station, 4 June 1917 (pneumonia); transferred to Ambulance Train No 29, 10 June 1917, and admitted to 5th General Hospital, 11 June 1917 (pneumonia); transferred to England, 20 June 1917, and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham (pneumonia: severe); discharged on furlough, 11 August 1917, to report to No 4 Command Depot, 25 August 1917.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 27 August 1917, while on furlough; discharged, 18 October 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 53 days.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 18 October 1917 (bronchitis); discharged, 10 November 1917.

Found guilty, 31 January 1918, of neglect of orders, viz. being out of bounds: awarded 3 days' confined to camp.

Marched out to No 2 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 23 November 1917 (Class B.1.A.3).

Found guilty, 8 February 1918, of being absent without leave, 5-6 February 1918: forfeited 2 days' pay.

Marched out to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 9 February 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 3 June 1918; rejoined unit, in the field, 12 June 1918.

Admitted to 12th Casualty Clearing Station, 29 September 1918 (pneumonia), and transferred to Ambulance Train No 19; to 6th General Hospital, Rouen, 30 September 1916 (influenza); to England, 3 October 1918, and admitted to Central Military Hospital, Weymouth, 4 October 1918; discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 9 November 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Argyllshire', 9 December 1918 (bronchitis); disembarked Melbourne, 1 February 1919, for onward travel to Sydney; discharged (medically unfit), Sydney, 25 April 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to War Service.
Date of death19 May 1938
Age at death49
Place of burialRookwood Necropolis (Catholic Section, Section 3, Grave No. 602), Sydney, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, AMBROSE William James

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