William Robert Richard John AIREY


AIREY, William Robert Richard John

Service Number: 2897
Enlisted: 2 July 1915, Hobart, Tasmania
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 12th Infantry Battalion
Born: Launceston, Tasmania, 5 September 1893
Home Town: Launceston, Launceston, Tasmania
Schooling: Wellington Square State School
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in action, France, 19 August 1916, aged 22 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave
Memorials: Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

2 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Hobart, Tasmania
22 Sep 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, HMAT A20 Hororata from Melbourne
27 Sep 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2897, 12th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Hororata, Melbourne
27 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2897, 12th Infantry Battalion, Pozières

Summary of Service

Born Launceston, Tas.
Son of Robert James and Sarah AIREY
Of 100 Wellington St., Launceston, Tas.
Occupation prior to enlistment Labourer
Enlisted: 22 July 1915
Embarkation: 27 September 1915 from Melbourne per “Hororata’
Age: 22 years
Served in Egypt & France
Killed in Action: 19-22 August 1916
Commemorated Villers-Bretonneux Memorial

Photograph Tasmania Weekly Courier 07 March 1918 Insert 5

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

William was born on 5th September 1893 in Launceston, Tasmania

His parents were Robert AIREY and Sarah RUSDEN


12 Battalion

Rank - Private

7 January 1916 - Taken on strength at Tel el Kebir

29 March 1916 - Proceeded to join B.E.F from Alexandria

5 April 1916 - Disembarked at Marseilles

3 June 1916 - AWOL 2.5 hours. Fined 3 days full pay

Son of Robert James and Sarah Airey, of 29 Tamar Street, Launceston, Tasmania