William Hawden AYLIFFE


AYLIFFE, William Hawden

Service Number: 6537
Enlisted: 15 September 1916
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Permanoota Station, Broken Hill, New South Wales, 9 June 1892
Home Town: Broken Hill, Broken Hill Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Pulteney Street C of E School
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, Villers-Bretonneux, France, 25 April 1918, aged 25 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide The 50th Battalion Commemorative Cross, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Broken Hill War Memorial, Kingscote Kangaroo Island WW1 Roll of Honour, Kingscote War Memorial, Penneshaw Kangaroo Island Men Roll of Honor WW1, Prospect Roll of Honour A-G WWI Board, Victor Harbor War Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

15 Sep 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 6537, 27th Infantry Battalion
24 Jan 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 6537, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
24 Jan 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 6537, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Miltiades, Adelaide
25 Apr 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 6537, 50th Infantry Battalion, Villers-Bretonneux

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Father Frank Hamilton Ayliffe and mother Mrs R Bessie Ayliffe, Thomas Street, Broken Hill, NSW

Beithe Ayliffe
Ruthe Ayliffe

Next of kin in service (brothers):
Eldest brother
#260    Sergeant James Hamilton Ayliffe
            3rd Light Horse Regiment, of Broken Hill, NSW.
            A bushman prior to enlisting in August 1914, Tpr Ayliffe embarked from Adelaide on board
            HMAT Port Lincoln (A17) on 22 October 1914. He served at Gallipoli from 9 May 1915 until
            the evacuation in December and then proceeded to Palestine where he was was appointed
            Corporal (Cpl) on 2 July 1916. Cpl Ayliffe was wounded in action at El-Arish, Palestine, on 
            9/1/1917 and promoted to the rank of Sergeant (Sgt) on 8/7/1917. On 7/11/1917 Sgt Ayliffe,
            aged 27, died of wounds received in action at Beersheba, Palestine.

#259    Sergeant Frank Keith Ayliffe
            5th Motor Transport Company, returned to Australia in October 1918, aged 24.


Described on enlisting as 23 years; single; 6' tall; 175 lbs; fresh complexion; brown eyes; brown hair;
Church of England

15/9/1916      Enlisted in Adelaide

22/1/1917      Commanding Office appointed William to 19th reinforcements 27th Infantry
                     Mitcham Camp 

24/1/1917      Embarked from Outer Harbour, Port Adelaide on board HMAT Miltiades A28
                     as a Private in the 19th reinforcements
19/3/1917      admitted to ships hospital sick  (22/3/1917 discharged)
27/3/1917      Disembarked into Devonport, England

28/3/1917      Marched in from Australia to Rollestone

23/7/1917      proceeded overseas to France, ex Southampton
24/7/1917      admittted from England, Havre, France

7/8/1917        proceeded to join 50th Battalion

10/8/1917      taken on strength 27th Battalion

16/9/1917      To be Lance Corporal - in the field

15/11/1917    Promoted to Corporal

25/4/1918      Stated as 'Killed in Action'
buried in:      

British War Medal (55524); Victory Medal (54644); Memorial Plaque & Memorial Scroll (345137)

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  11/2/2015.  Lest we forget.