William Jacob Justin

First Name: 
William
Middle Name: 
Jacob
Last Name: 
Justin
Mother's Name: 
Sarah Justin nee Milne
Father's Name: 
Jacob Justin
Date Enlisted: 
Sunday, March 12, 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: 
Tuesday, October 9, 1917
Place of Death: 
Passchendaele, Ypres, Belgium
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

William Justin (Service No 5587) was born in Sydney around 1893 and attended Croydon Public School.

At enlistment William was single, 23 years old, worked as a farrier labourer and lived at Kiama, N.S.W.

He embarked from Sydney on HMAT A14 Euripides with 15th Reinforcements, 19th Battalion on 9th September 1916.  The troops arrived in England on 26th October 1916 and William joined 19th Battalion in France on 18th December 1916.

On 3rd May 1917 he was admitted to hospital in France for treatment of gun shot wounds to his back and returned to his unit on 8th August 1917.

On 9th October 1917 William was with 15 Platoon, D Company Lewis Gun team in the front line trenches when he was hit by machine gun fire and killed.

William is buried in Hooge Crater Cemetery, Zillebeke, Belgium: Plot XV, Row D, Grave 17.

He is commemorated on the Kiama Memorial Arch and Honour Rolls.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, JUSTIN WILLIAM JACOB

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