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William Patrick CAHILL

Regimental number3281
Place of birthMurchison, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressMurchison East, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation36
Height5' 10"
Weight187 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs C Cahill, 666 Smith Street, Clifton Hill, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date19 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 11 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted, 19 July 1915 - 7th Bn 11th Reinforcements; taken on strength, 59th Bn, 26 March 1916.
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFromelles, France
Age at death37
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 16), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to, and proceeded to join, 59th Bn from 2nd Training Bn, Zeitoun, 26 February 1916; taken on strength of 59th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 26 February 1916.

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

Posted missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 29 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Note on B.103, 'presume buried in No Man's Land at approx 5J9043 to 5K0251 Sheet Hazebrouck 5a'.

Base Records advised the wife of Private W.P. Cahill on 5 March 1917 that he was a Prisoner of War in Germany. However further enquiries revealed that he had been confused with P.W. Cahill, 1230, 32nd Bn.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CAHILL William Patrick
Red Cross file 670305

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