William Ronson

First Name: 
William
Last Name: 
Ronson
Mother's Name: 
Ann Ronson (nee Pye)
Father's Name: 
John Ronson
Date Enlisted: 
Tuesday, June 22, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
1st Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
14/15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Wednesday, July 19, 1916
Place of Death: 
Fromelles, France
Cause of Death: 
Killed in Action
Details: 

William Ronson (Service No 3102) was born in Wollongong, N.S.W. in 1892, and was the first of three brothers to enlist.

When William enlisted he was single, 24 years old, and employed as a butcher.

William embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A69 Warialda with 10th Reinforcements, 1st Battalion, on 8th October 1915.  The troops arrived in Egypt and William joined the 1st battalion on 6th January 1916.  On 13th February he was transferred to 53rd Battalion and sent to the fighting in France, arriving on 28th June 1916.

As a member of 53rd Battalion he was part of the Battle for Fromelles.  William was listed as missing in action, believed killed, on 19th July 1916, with 'no known grave'.

Originally, William was commemorated at VC Corner, Australian Cemetery, Fromelles.  In 2010 he was one of the soldiers identified from the burial pit at Fromelles.

William was exhumed and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Cemetery, France: Plot I, Row F, Grave 2.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, RONSON WILLIAM

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