William David Longstaff

First Name: 
William
Middle Name: 
David
Last Name: 
Longstaff
Mother's Name: 
Marian Longstaff (nee Elgin)
Father's Name: 
John Longstaff
Date Enlisted: 
Wednesday, August 19, 1914
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
2nd Battalion
Company: 
C
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Sunday, August 8, 1915
Place of Death: 
Gallipoli, Turkey
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

William Longstaff (Service No 69) was born in Melbourne, Victoria, in July 1893.  He went to school in Broadford, Victoria.

When William enlisted he lived at Kiama.  He was 22 years old, single, and worked as a labourer.  William had spent 12 months with the St Georges Rifles.

He embarked on HMAT A23 Suffolk on 18th October 1914 with A Company, 2nd Battalion, as part of the first contingent to leave Australia.

After training in Egypt he sailed to Gallipoli with C Company, landing on the first day. He survived the early fighting.  William was part of the 2nd Battalion's attack on Lone Pine, but was posted as wounded and missing on 8th August.  He was later declared killed in action.

There is no known grave for William. 

William's brother Richard also died at Gallipoli in 1915, abd both the brothersare commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, LONGSTAFF WILLIAM DAVID

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