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William ANSTEE

Regimental number186
Place of birthBallarat, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Address454 Latrobe Terrace, Geelong, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 7"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinFrank Anstee, 454 Latrobe Terrace, Ballarat, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 2.6 years in the Australian Field Artillery, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Place of enlistmentGeelong, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A24 Benalla on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 24 November 1915
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Name does not appear on Nominal Roll
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialAri Burnu Cemetery (Row F, Grave No. 3), Gallipoli, Turkey
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George and Louisa Bertha ANSTEE
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Killed in action, 24 November 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Base Records wrote to Mr George Anstee [father], 27 September 1916: ' ... a small parcel of personal effects was received ex Transport "Port Sydney" last month, and transmitted to Mr Frank Anstee, 454 Latrobe Terrace, Ballarat, the registered next of kin and address. Messrs Thos Cook & Son returned the package to this office on Saturday last, as it could not be delivered ... We took delivery and it was placed upon a tray on the table in my own office, but during my temporary absence it was stolen and no trace of it can be found. Unfortunately this is not the first case of theft that has occurred in this branch lately, and although the detectives have been endeavouring to trace the culprit or culprits, so far their efforts have been unavailing. If the stolen article in the present instance were of any great value it might be understood, but their insured value, which is usally an outside estimate in these cases, was only 12/6 so the thief could not have got much for the risk he took. I can only hope and trust his conscience will induce him to return this in some way or other, particularly if he recognises the untold sentimental value they are to the soldier's relatives. Every effort is being made to recover this, if unavailing the amount of insurance will be transmitted to you.'
Miscellaneous detailsNext of kin's name and address wrongly recorded: correct details were George Anstee, 454 Latrobe Terrace, Geelong.

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