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William Edward John CASTLES

Regimental number71
Place of birthCootamundra, New South Wles
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressAtherton, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 10"
Weight179 lbs
Next of kinFather, Edward John Castles, Atherton, via Cairns, Queensland
Previous military serviceEnlisted in the AIF; discharged after 4 months (not having embarked) as medically unfit.
Enlistment date28 May 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
From Embarkation Records it is not possible to distinguish exactly which ship an individual in the Headquarters embarked. Two ships left Melbourne carrying men from the 31st Battalion: HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915 and HMAT A41 Bakara on 5 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of burialRue- Petillon Military Cemetery (JPlot I, Row L, Grave No. 43), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
118
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 9 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 7 December 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Killed in action, 19 July 1916.

Buried at Military Cemetery, Rue Petilion, no date.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsNext of kin's address subsequently, Malanda, North Queensland (14 March 1917); then Box 39 Mareeba, North Queensland (14 March 1924).
SourcesNAA: B2455, CASTLES William Edward John

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