William John Gleeson

First Name: 
William
Middle Name: 
John
Last Name: 
Gleeson
Date of Birth: 
Tuesday, January 1, 1895
Mother's Name: 
Belinda Mary Maria (McKinley)
Father's Name: 
Stephen
Date Enlisted: 
Monday, March 6, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
4th Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Saturday, January 31, 1959
Place of Death: 
Cowra, New South Wales
Details: 

Private William Gleeson (Service no. 6273) was born in Wollongong and at age of seven his father was killed in the Mount Kembla Mine disaster.

On enlistment he was listed as a miner. He embarked with 20th Reinforcements, 4th Battalion on HMAT A14 Euripides on 9th September, 1916. He served on the Western Front with the Battalion and appears not to have been wounded but his file gives little information about what happened to him. William seems to have been in a lot of trouble and was sentenced to 18 months hard labour. The war ended and he was returned to Australia in November 1919 and discharged on 6th December, 1919.

William does not appear to have married and was in and out of trouble for the rest of his life. Like a lot of men after the war experience caused difficulties and gaol was a safe place to be. William's brother Stephen also served.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, GLEESON W J
NAA: B73, M116080

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