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William Charles AYRE

Regimental number3379
Place of birthBunbury, Western Australia
SchoolBunbury State School, Western Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressNorth Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 7"
Weight113 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Caroline Louisa Ayre, 1 Mignonette Street, North Perth, Western Australia
Previous military serviceAIF (1 year 260 days)
Enlistment date5 March 1917
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll6 February 1915
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name44th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/61/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 29 June 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll44th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 July 1918
Place of death or woundingnear Hamel, France
Age at death21.5
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialVillers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery (Plot III, Row B, Grave 3), Fouilloy, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John Alfred and Caroline AYRE, Mignonette Street, North Perth, Western Australia
Family/military connectionsPrevious period of service, see 6 William Charles AYRE.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Fremantle, 29 June 1917; found guilty, Durban, 23 July 1917, of breaking away from ship at about 1000 hours, until reporting at 1500 hours: award, admonished; disembarked Plymouth, England, 25 August 1917; marched into 11th Training Bn, Larkhill, 26 August 1917.

Marched into 10th Training Bn, Sutton Mandeville, 5 November 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 18 December 1917; marched into Australian Intermediate Base Depot, Le Havre, 19 December 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 20 December 1917; taken on strength of 44th Bn, in the field, 24 December 1917.

Killed in action, 4 July 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, AYRE William Charles

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