William GILBERT

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GILBERT, William

Service Number: 2614
Enlisted: 3 January 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer (Islington workshops - S.A.R.)
Died: Accidental (motor vehicle accident), Fovant Military Hospital, England, 24 December 1916, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Compton Chamberlayne Cemetery
Row: A Grave: 226F INSCRIPTION HAVE MERCY UPON HIM LORD AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON HIM
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide South Australian Railways WW1 & WW2 Honour Boards, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Kilburn Islington Railway Workshops Honour Roll, Magill Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

3 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2614, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Adelaide, South Australia
25 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2614, 32nd Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '17' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Shropshire embarkation_ship_number: A9 public_note: ''
19 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2614, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)
20 Dec 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2614, 32nd Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He was 27 and the son of John and Florence Bott Gilbert; husband of H. E. Gilbert, of Alfred St., Port Adelaide.

Biography

"LATE PTE. W. GILBERT.

Mrs. W. Gilbert, of Coppin street, Semaphore, has been officially notified that her husband, Pte. W. Gilbert, was killed on December 24, in a motor accident in England." - from the Adelaide Register 09 Jan 1917 (nla.gov.au)

"THE LATE PRIVATE W. GILBERT.

Private William Gilbert, of Semaphore, whose death through a motor accident in England on December 24 was recently announced, was 29 years of age. He left Adelaide for the front on March 24, 1916. Prior to enlistment he was employed at the Islington Workshops. He was much esteemed by his workmates. He was the only son of Mrs. Charles Bott, St. Bernards-road, Magill." - from the Adleaide Chronicle 20 Jan 1917 (nla.gov.au)

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK

Died on this date - 24th December.......Private William Gilbert was born in Launceston, Tasmania in 1888. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 3rd January, 1916 as a 27 year old, married Labourer from Adelaide, South Australia.

Private Gilbert embarked from Adelaide on 25th March, 1916 & disembarked at Egypt. He was then transferred to England & joined 8th Training Battalion at Codford, Wiltshire on 22nd August, 1916.

Private William Gilbert died at the Military Hospital at Fovant, on 24th December, 1916 at 5.50 a.m., aged 28 years, from internal injuries received from a motor-car accident. He was buried in Compton Chamberlayne War Grave Cemetery, WIltshire where 27 other WW1 Australian Soldiers are buried.

Their stories can be found here......
https://ww1austburialsuk.weebly.com/compton-chamberlayne.ht…

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