George Bartlett WILLIAMS

Badge Number: S12280, Sub Branch: Woodville

WILLIAMS, George Bartlett

Service Number: 7567
Enlisted: 6 July 1917
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Stockyard Creek, South Australia, 26 November 1885
Home Town: Croydon, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Machinist
Died: Cheltenham, Charles Sturt City, South Australia, Australia, 17 August 1960, aged 74 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Cheltenham Cemetery, South Australia
Memorials: Adelaide Grand Masonic Lodge WW1 Honour Board (1), Flinders Park Staff of the South Australian Gas Company Roll of Honour, Hindmarsh Croydon Church of Christ Roll of Honour, Hindmarsh Star of Freedom Tent No 4 IOOR WW1 Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

6 Jul 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 7567, 10th Infantry Battalion
30 Oct 1917: Involvement Private, 7567, 10th Infantry Battalion
30 Oct 1917: Embarked Private, 7567, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Melbourne
1 Apr 1918: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 7567, 10th Infantry Battalion, From the U.K to France.
1 Jun 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 7567, 10th Infantry Battalion, Merris (France), Gunshot gaze on back.
23 Aug 1918: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 7567, 10th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Adelaide Botanic High School

George Bartlett Williams was born in Stockyard Creek, South Australia on the 26th of November 1885 to his parents Charles Williams and Emma Bartlett Williams. He had one older sibling and six younger siblings with the age gap of 20 years between George and his youngest sibling. Before enlisting, George worked as a Machinist living in North Croydon with his wife, Ivy Alberta Marian Williams, whom he married in 1916. On the 6th of July 1917, aged 31, George Williams officially enlisted into the A.I.F.

George underwent medical examination on the 8th of August 1917 at Mitcham, SA and the doctor cleared him of any reasons for why he would be unable to serve. After being considered fit for service, George Williams embarked from Victoria on the HMAT Aeneas as a part of the 25th reinforcement of the 10th infantry Battalion and was sent Devonport, UK, on the 30th of October 1917, as Private George B. Williams.

George's two month long journey across the Indian and Atlantic ocean consisted of treacherous training drills assigned by officers and fun sports games and carnivals to battle the boredom. Atlas, on the 27th of December, the HMAT Aeneas arrived at Devonport where George and his mates would experience the proper preparations for war at the time through tiring training drills. Despite this, soldiers such as George would find time to be tourists and explore England.

After nearly 4 months in the England George was deployed to fight at France on the first of April 1918. There are no specifications as to where exactly in France George was, but he wasn't deployed long enough for any significant battles because on the 1st of June 1918 George was wounded by a gunshot graze on his back and received medical attention. On the 17th of July he was advised to return to Australia because of his injuries and was discharged on the 23rd of August to return to Australia.

There is not much information of George's life after war, but in 1931 he had a child called Francis Charles Williams. Sadly his child passed away at the age of 13/14 in 1945 and George followed 15 years later at the age of 74 in 1960.