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William Thomas ANDREWS

Regimental number6949
Place of birthDarling Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales
SchoolCleveland Street Public School, New South Wales
Age on arrival in Australia7
ReligionChurch of England
Address49 McKee Street, Ultimo, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation33
Weight144 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs A. Andrews, 49 McKee Street, Ultimo, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military service2 years in Australian Rifle Regiment in Australia.
Enlistment date1 November 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 November 1916
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 23rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on 9 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularGiven name on RoHc is William Thomas.
FateDOD; secondary fate: DOI 20 October 1918
Place of death or woundingSutton Veny, England
Date of death20 October 1918
Age at death35
Age at death from cemetery records35
Place of burialSutton Veny (St. John) Churchyard (Plot 368B, Row E, Grave No. 22), Wiltshire, England
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Mary ANDREWS; husband of Annie ANDREWS, 54 Darghan Street, Glebe, Sydney
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 9 November 1916; admitted to hospital, Cape Town, 1 November 1916 [sic]; found guilty, 8 December 1916, of being absent without leave for 6 hours: award, forfeits 2 days' pay; disembarked Devonport, England, 9 January 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France from 1st Training Bn, 3 May 1917; marched into 1st Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 4 May 1917.

Taken on strength of 2nd Bn, 11 May 1917.

Found guilty, 14 June 1917, of while on active service, drunkenness: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2.

To divisional duties, 31 October 1917; rejoined unit, 4 November 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 8 February 1918; rejoined unit, 25 February 1918.

Admitted to No 2 Australian Field Ambulance, 17 May 1918 (diarrhoea); transferred to No 15 Casualty Clearing Station, 17 May 1918; to No 32 Stationary Hospital, 19 May 1918 (diarrhoea, and debility); to England, 5 June 1918; to War Hospital, Exeter, 6 June 1918; to No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 25 June 1918; discharged to furlough, 27 June 1918; marched into No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 11 July 1918.

Found guilty, 8 August 1918, of being in the lines, when he should have been on parade: awarded 5 days' confined to camp.

Found guilty, 6 September 1918, of being absent without leave from midnight, 3 September 1918, until 0525 hours, 4 September 1918: award, admonished.

Admitted to Group Clearing Hospital, 8 September 1918 (diarrhoea); marched into No 1 Command Depot, 25 September 1918, and classified 'B1A4'.

Died, Sutton Veny Military Hospital, 20 October 1918 (influenza and pneumonia).

Buried, St John the Evangelist Churchyard, Sutton Veny, 23 October 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ANDREWS William Thomas

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