William Drysdale

First Name: 
William
Last Name: 
Drysdale
Date of Birth: 
Friday, January 12, 1894
Mother's Name: 
Dorothy Drysdale
Father's Name: 
Thomas Drysdale
Date Enlisted: 
Saturday, July 17, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
30th Battalion
Company: 
D Company
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Wednesday, January 26, 1966
Place of Death: 
Sydney, NSW
Details: 

William Drysdale was born in Newcastle on Tyne, England and came to Australia with his family.

At the time of enlistment William was single, 22 years of age, employed as miner and resided in Helensburgh, NSW.   He embarked on HMAT A72 - Beltana with the 30th Battalion, D Company on 9 November 1915 and arrived in Egypt on 11 December 1915.   

William arrived in France on 23 June 1916 and survived the battle of Fromelle was wounded in action on 25th January 1917.  He was evacuated to hospital for treatment of gun shot wounds to both legs, his left leg was fractured, he was dangerously ill and on 23rd February 1917 his right foot was amputated.

William was repatriated to Australia in January 1919 and after further treatment medically discharged on 25 April 1921.

In 1921 he married Clara Pinkerton in Sydney, NSW.  William died in 1966 and is buried in the Eastern Suburbs Cemetery.

William's cousin George Drysdale  also served.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, DRYSDALE W

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