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William FARMER

Regimental number1682
Place of birthBrunswick, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressEdward Street, Corowa, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 7.5"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinFoster mother, Mrs Flora McKinnon, Edward Street, Corowa, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in Junior Cadets, South Melbourne.
Enlistment date14 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll24 February 1916
Place of enlistmentWangaratta, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name37th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/54/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 27 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll37th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 12 October 1917
Place of death or woundingNot sure
Age at death19.10
Age at death from cemetery records19.10
Place of burialTyne Cot Cemetery (Plot XXII, Row C, Grave No. 1), Passchendaele, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
128
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Foster son of Mrs Flora McKINNON, 87 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills, New South Wales. Native of Victoria, Australia
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 27 May 1916; found guilty, 23 June 1916, of being absent without leave, 18-21 June 1916: awarded 168 hours' detention, and forfeited 11 days' pay.disembarked Plymouth, England, 18 July 1916.

Found guilty, 7 September 1916, of endeavouring to escape from lawful custody in that he on 10.8.16 at 2 p.m. at No. 5 Camp Larkhill while being confined in No. 7 Guard Room removed several panes of glass with a clasp knife: awarded 21 days' confined to barracks and ordered to pay damage done to windows of guard room.

Found guilty, 12 August 1916, of (1) escaping from lawful custody in that he at Exeter on 18.7.16 broke away from lawful custody; (2) absent without leave from 10.30 p.m. 18 July, till 12.30 p.m., 1 August 1916: awarded 21 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 15 days' pay under Royal Warrant; total forfeiture: 36 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 22 November 1916.

Admitted to 10th Field Ambulance, 2 December 1916 (influenza); transferred to 8th Casualty Clearing Station, 3 December 1916 (pneumonia); to 13th General Hospital, Boulogne, 8 December 1916; to England, 14 December 1916, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, 15 December 1916; transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 10 January 1917; discharged on furlough, 29 January 1917, to report to No 4 Command Depot, Wareham, 13 February 1917.

Found guilty, 30 March 1917, of neglecting to obey Routine Orders, 11 August 1916, paragraph 5: bounds: awarded 5 days' confined to camp.

Proceeded overseas to France, 25 August 1917; taken on strength, 37th Bn, in the field, 1 September 1917.

Reported missing, 12 October 1917.

Buried 250 yards N. of Hamburg 1/200000 sheet 28NE D.10.d.4C.30.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FARMER William

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