William Edmund Upward

First Name: 
William
Middle Name: 
Edmund
Last Name: 
Upward
Date of Birth: 
Tuesday, March 31, 1896
Mother's Name: 
Lucy (nee Gray)
Father's Name: 
Edward Upward
Date Enlisted: 
Friday, July 30, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
56th Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Thursday, December 14, 1950
Place of Death: 
Wollongong
Details: 

William Upward (Service No 3156) was a single 19 year old grocer living at Keiraville, NSW and had served in the 37th infantry. He embarked on HMAT A69 Warilda with 10th Reinforcements, 4th Battalion on 8th October 1915. After arriving in Egypt he was transferred to 56th Battalion on 13th February 1916. On 9th April 1916 William was admitted to hospital sick but rejoined his unit on 19th April and arrived in France with them on 29th June 1916.

He saw service on the Western Front until 26th September 1917 when he was wounded in action. He was sent to hospital in England for treatment of gun shot wounds to both his legs. William recovered and returned to his unit in France on 10th April 1918. He was returned to Australia in April 1919 and discharged on 8th August 1919.

On 8th May 1920 he married Hilda Richardson in Wollongong where they lived and raised their family. He worked as a bread carter.

In 1940 William enlisted (Service No N100622) in the AAMC Dental Unit, serving in Australia. He was promoted to Sergeant and was discharged medically unfit on 7th March 1945. His daughter Lucy also enlisted. William died in Wollongong in 1950.

Sources: 
NAA: B884, N100622

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