William Charles Wilson

First Name: 
William
Middle Name: 
Charles
Last Name: 
Wilson
Date Enlisted: 
Sunday, June 13, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Lance Corporal
Unit: 
18th Battalion
Company: 
B
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Wednesday, November 15, 1916
Place of Death: 
France
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

William Wilson (Service No 2029) was born in Corrimal, N.S.W. around 1897. 

When William enlisted at the age of 18, he was single, living at Wee Waa, N.S.W., worked as a tram cleaner, and had served for 3 years in the Senior Cadets.

William embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A54 Runic with 3rd Reinforcements, 19th Battalion on 9th August 1915.  On 29th September 1915 he joined B Company, 18th Battalion at Gallipoli.  On 13th October he was transferred to 2nd Division Headquarters and served with this Company on both Gallipoli and the Western Front.

In Egypt, after the Gallipoli evacuation, William was promoted to Lance Corporal (1st March 1916).

William arrived in France on 21st March 1916.

He was killed in action and is buried in Thistle Dump Cemetery, High Wood, Longueval, France; Row C, Grave 28.

A letter on National Archives of Australia (NAA) file from his nominated next of kin, Mr Charles Bailes, in answer to questions from the Army, stated that William was a Ward of the State, his parents were deceased and there were no known siblings.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, WILSON W C

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