Oswald William Meyer

First Name: 
Oswald
Middle Name: 
William
Last Name: 
Meyer
Father's Name: 
Herman Meyer
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Lance Corporal
Unit: 
19th Battalion
Company: 
1 Reinforcements
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Star 1914/15
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Friday, January 3, 1964
Details: 

Oswald William Meyer was born in 1889 in Bulli, according to the National Australian Archives. Prior to the war, he worked as a railway employee.

He enlisted on 17 April 1915 at the age of 26 and joined the 19th Infantry battalion 1 Reinforcements. He started off at the rank of Private and was promoted to Corporal on 1 May 1915. He embarked on 12 May 1915 from Sydney aboard HMAT Themistocles A32.

A few months after, he was transferred to the 17th Battalion and automatically reverted to the rank of Private until 30 July 1917 when he was appointed Lance Corporal.

He served four years at Gallipoli and France and was wounded four times and returned to Australia on 2 January 1919.

Oswald William Meyer died on 3 January 1964 at the age of 73.

 

 

Sources: 
Australian War Memorial, First World War Embarkation Rolls - Oswald William Meyer, Australian War Memorial Canberra, 2014, http://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1824902/, viewed 13 August 2014.
NAA: B2455, MEYER OSWALD WILLIAM

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Full length sepia portrait of Oswald Meyer
Full length sepia portrait of Oswald William Meyer
Black and white photo of Oswald Meyer and family

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