|Place of birth||Ballarat East, Victoria|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Kent Town, South Australia|
|Age at embarkation||43|
|Next of kin||Mother, Mrs Mary Jane Dearden, Kent Terrace, Kent Town, South Australia|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Place of enlistment||Adelaide, South Australia|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||32nd Battalion, 5th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/49/2|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||1st Pioneer Battalion|
|Fate||Returned to Australia
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: tuberculosisDeath attributed to war service.
|Date of death|
|Age at death||55|
|Place of burial||AIF Cemetery (Row 8 West, Grave 1), West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia|
|Sources||NAA: B2455, DEARDEN William|