William James Williams

First Name: 
William
Middle Name: 
James
Last Name: 
Williams
Mother's Name: 
Catherine Williams nee Law
Father's Name: 
Thomas Williams
Date Enlisted: 
Saturday, April 1, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
19th Battalion
Company: 
D
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Wednesday, June 5, 1918
Place of Death: 
France
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

William Williams (Service No 6336) was born in Corrimal, N.S.W. around 1898.

William enlisted when he was 18 years old, single and worked as miner.  Previously, William had served in the Senior Cadets and with B Company, 37th infantry Militia.

He embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A14 Euripides with 20th Reinforcements, 13th Battalion on 9th September 1916.  The troops arrived in England on 26th October 1916 and William joined 13th Battalion in France on 5th February 1917.

He served on the Western Front until he was admitted to hospital in Belgium for treatment of scabies and eczema on 24th October 1917.  He was transferred to D Company, 19th Battalion around this time.

William rejoined his Battalion and on 8th April 1918 was wounded in action in France receiving a gun shot wound to his back.

On 14th May 1918 he returned again to the front line.  On 5th June 1918 near Mourlancourt, William was killed by shell fire while fighting in the trenchs.

William is buried in Franvillers Communal Cemetery Extension, France Plot I, Row D, Grave 25.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, WILLIAMS W J

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