Wilfred Charles Healey

First Name: 
Wilfred
Middle Name: 
Charles
Last Name: 
Healey
Date of Birth: 
Tuesday, January 13, 1891
Mother's Name: 
Eva (nee McCoy)
Father's Name: 
William Healey
Date Enlisted: 
Sunday, May 30, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Lance Sergeant
Unit: 
55th Battalion
Company: 
D Company
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Wednesday, June 21, 1961
Place of Death: 
Liverpool, NSW
Details: 

Wilfred Healey (Service No 2611) attended Milton Public School. At the time of enlistment he was a single 24 year old law clerk from Albion Park. He embarked on HMAT A54 Runic with 8th Reinforcements, 3rd Battalion on 9th September 1915. He went to Gallipoli in October 1915 with 3rd Battalion and served there until the evacuation.

On 13th February 1916 Wilfred was transferred to 55th Battalion, D Company and saw service on the Western Front with them. On 10th July 1916 he was promoted to Lance Corporal and on 24th July to Corporal. Wilfred was made Lance Sergeant on 22nd August. At the beginning of November 1916 he became ill and was hospitalised but had returned to his Company by 18th November.

In September 1917, the 55th Battalion was fighting at Polygon Wood where, on 25th September, he was wounded in action. He was evacuated to hospital for treatment of a gun shot wound to his hand and returned to his unit on 26th October 1917. On 24th April 1918 while fighting near Bapaume he was gassed quite badly and evacuated to hospital for treatment. Wilfred returned to the fighting on 27th August 1918.

Wilfred returned to Australia in March 1919 and discharged medically unfit on 18th August 1919.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, HEALEY W C 2611

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