Regimental number2594
Place of birthBallarat East, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationNavy ganger
AddressKent Town, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation43
Height5' 6.5"
Weight156 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Jane Dearden, Kent Terrace, Kent Town, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date22 December 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 25 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Pioneer Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 13 February 1917
Discharge date5 June 1917
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Marched out to 1st Pioneer Bn, Tel el Kebir, 10 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 25 May 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France (date not recorded).

Taken on strength, 1st Pioneer Bn, in the field, 27 July 1916.

Admitted to 36th Casualty Clearing Station, 23 November 1916 (tonsillitis); transferred to Ambulance Train No 24, 24 November 1916, and admitted to 5th General Hospital, Rouen, 25 November 1916; transferred to England, 26 November 1916 (debility), and admitted to Beaufort War Hospital, Bristol, 28 November 1916; transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 1 December 1916; discharged, 6 December 1916; marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 6 December 1916.

Commenced return to Australia from Plymouth on board HT 'Ulysses', 13 February 1917; disembarked Adelaide, 12 April 1917; discharged (medically unfit: overage, rheumatism), Adelaide, 5 June 1917.

War service: 1 year 166 days (of which 1 year 19 days were abroad)

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Cause of death: tuberculosis

Death attributed to war service.
Date of death14 March 1926
Age at death55
Place of burialAIF Cemetery (Row 8 West, Grave 1), West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, DEARDEN William