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William Ernest BACK

Regimental number1799
Place of birthBishopstaignton, England
SchoolBishopstaignton National School, England
Age on arrival in Australia19
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarm labourer
AddressBooyong, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinFather, Robert Back, Ridaway Street, Bishopsteignton, Devonshire, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date21 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll21 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name42nd Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/59/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A42 Boorara on 16 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll42nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 6 June 1917
Place of death or woundingMessines, Belgium
Date of death6 June 1917
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialPont-de Nieppe Communal Cemetery (Plot II, Row D, Grave No 4), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
135
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Robert James and Eliza BACK. Native of Bishopsteignton, Devon, England
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsFather's address incorrectly recorded on Embarkation Roll as Bishops Station.

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