William George CHRYSTALL


CHRYSTALL, William George

Service Number: 3285
Enlisted: 16 August 1915, Enlisted in Brisbane
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 49th Infantry Battalion
Born: Edinburgh, Scotland, 1888
Home Town: Orange, Orange Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Orange Public School, NSW
Occupation: Tailor
Died: Compound fracture of left femur, France, 4 September 1916
Cemetery: Contay British Cemetery, Contay, France
Plot 1, Row A, Grave no. 25, Contay British Cemetery, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Orange Cenotaph, Orange WW1 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

16 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3285, 9th Infantry Battalion, Enlisted in Brisbane
5 Oct 1915: Involvement Private, SN 3285, 9th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
5 Oct 1915: Embarked Private, SN 3285, 9th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Warilda, Brisbane
29 Feb 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 49th Infantry Battalion
3 Sep 1916: Wounded Private, SN 3285, 49th Infantry Battalion, Compound fracture of left femur --transferred to 49th Casualty Clearing Station
4 Sep 1916: Involvement Private, SN 3285, 49th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

William George CHRYSTALL was born in 1888 in Edinburgh, Scotland

His father was William Leighton CHRYSTALL who died in 1945  and Laura Susan REEVES who died in 1933 both in Orange NSW

He had two siblings - Annetta (Nettie) and Thomas - the family arrived in Australia in July 1890 on the ship Orotova as unassisted immigrants - Annetta was born in australia in 1896

William attended the Orange Public School and later became an apprentice Tailor to his father

He enlisted in Brisbane on 16th August, 1915 with the 9th Battalion and embarked from Brisbane with the 11th reinforcements on HMAT Warilda on 5th Octoer 1915.  He later transferred to the 49th Battalion on 29th Feb. 1916  (13th Brigade)

William was wounded in action on 3rd Sept 1916 with a compound fracture of the left femur at Moquet Farm, Pozieres, France and transferred to the 49th Casualty Clearing Station where he died the next day (4th Sept. 1916) 

He is buried in Contay British Cemetery and also memorialised on the Australian War Memorial, Memorial plaque in Orange cemetery, Honour Roll at St Johns Presbyterian Church Orange and the WW1 Roll of Honour on the Orange Cenotaph

William was awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal & Victory Medal.