William Arthur Chamberlain

First Name: 
William
Middle Name: 
Arthur
Last Name: 
Chamberlain
Mother's Name: 
Elizabeth (nee Jones)
Father's Name: 
Abraham Chamberlain
Date Enlisted: 
Wednesday, September 27, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
38th Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Friday, June 12, 1959
Details: 

William Chamberlain (Service No 2537) was born in Newcastle, NSW about 1898. At the time of enlistment he was a single 18 year old coach builder from Albion Park, NSW who had served 12 months in 37th Infantry Militia.

He enlisted in Kiama and embarked on HMAT A24 Benalla with 5th Reinforcements, 38th Battalion on 9th November 1916 arriving in England on 9th January 1917. After training in England was sent to France joining the 38th Battalion on the Western Front on 17th September 1917. He saw service through the Flanders campaign and appears to have been uninjured. In 1918 William was fighting on the Somme when on 10th June 1918 he was admitted to hospital suffering from shell shock. He was sent on to hospital for treatment and rest.

William was returned to Australia on 2nd March 1919 and discharged on 2nd June 1919 and married Eveline Curtis in 1921.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, CHAMBERLAIN W A

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