William Alexander Bayne

First Name: 
William
Middle Name: 
Alexander
Last Name: 
Bayne
Mother's Name: 
Jemima Bayne nee Campbell
Father's Name: 
James Bayne
Date Enlisted: 
Wednesday, August 19, 1914
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
1st Battalion
Company: 
H
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Monday, February 9, 1981
Details: 

William Bayne (Service No 913) was born in Grangemouth, Scotland around 1887.

At enlistment, William was 26 years of age, single, employed as a miner, and lived at Bulli, N.S.W.

He embarked from Sydney on HMAT A19 Afric with H Company, 1st Battalion, on 18th October 1914. The troops arrived in Egypt in early December and after training were sent to Gallipoli, and arrived on 25th April.

William survived the early fighting, but was wounded in action at the start of the Lone Pine battle, when, on 6th August 1915 he received a bullet wound to his right arm.  He was evacuated to hospital on Mudros and then to England for treatment.

He was returned to Egypt after he recovered and on 20th April 1916 was transferred to 53rd Battalion and arrived in France with them on 28th June 1916.  On 19th July 1916 53rd battalion took part in the battle for Fromelles, and William was wounded early in the battle, receiving a gun shot wound to his forehead and was evacuated for treatment.

William was transferred back to 1st Battalion in France on 13th February 1917.  On 9th April 1917 he was wounded a third time at Dernacourt in France. He received gun shot wounds to both legs and was evacuated back to England for treatment.

William was returned to Australia in November 1917 and discharged medically unfit on 11th February 1918.

In 1919 William married Lilly Russell at Bulli.

William was living at Punchbowl in Sydney in 1967.

He died in 1981 and was buried in Bulli.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, BAYNE W A

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