William John Henry Lithgow

First Name: 
William
Middle Name: 
John Henry
Last Name: 
Lithgow
Mother's Name: 
Leah Lithgow nee James
Father's Name: 
Thomas Lithgow
Date Enlisted: 
Sunday, March 19, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Sapper
Rank at Discharge: 
Sapper
Unit: 
Mining Corps
Company: 
Electrical and Mechanical Company
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Place of Death: 
Kiama, N.S.W.
Details: 

William John Henry Lithgow (Service No 3635), was born in Minmi, N.S.W., in 1899.

At enlistment, he was single, 18 years old, worked as a miner, lived in Balgownie, N.S.W., and had served 4 years in the Cadets.

William embarked on HMAT A69 Warialda, with Tunnel Company 4, Headquarters 1, on 22nd May 1916, arriving in England, on 18th July 1916.

He arrived in France on 29th August 1916, and was posted to the Electrical and Mechanical Mining Unit, on 27th September 1916. William saw service on the Western Front as a miner, and was wounded in action on 5th September 1918. He was evacuated to hospital for treatment of a gas attack, and returned to his unit on 3rd October 1918. William was returned to Australia in June 1919, and discharged on 18th September 1919.

In 1921, he married Margaret Charlton, in Wollongong, N.S.W., and worked at the Corrimal Coal Mine.

William died in Kiama, in 1971.

William Lithgow is commemorated on the Balgownie Presbyterian Church Roll of Honor, as is his father, Thomas, who also served.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, LITHGOW WILLIAM JOHN HENRY

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