William Maroney CHURCH

CHURCH, William Maroney

Service Number: 8804
Enlisted: 17 August 1915
Last Rank: Farrier Sergeant
Last Unit: 5th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: St James, Victoria, 10 October 1896
Home Town: Tungamah, Moira, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Blacksmith
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World War 1 Service

17 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Driver, SN 8804
16 Nov 1915: Involvement Driver, SN 8804, 2nd Divisional Ammunition Column
16 Nov 1915: Embarked Driver, SN 8804, 2nd Divisional Ammunition Column, HMAT Port Macquarie, Melbourne
9 Feb 1919: Promoted AIF WW1, Farrier Sergeant, 5th Field Artillery Brigade , 8804
2 Aug 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Farrier Sergeant, SN 8804, 5th Field Artillery Brigade

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Biography contributed by Julianne Ryan

Born 10 October 1896 in St James, Victoria

Father John Church 
(b. 10/6/1856 Benalla, VIC - d. 15/07/1936 Tungamah, VIC) and
Mother Mary Ann Church (nee Smith)
(b. 18/09/1857 Winchelsea, VIC - d. 29/01/1935 at her son's residence, Corowa, NSW)
lived at Bernda Street, Tungamah, Victoria

Next of kin in service: (older brother - b. Jan 1892)
2595A  Private Robert Henry Church - 7th Infantry Battalion
            13/07/1915    enlisted in Tungamah, place of enlisting Melbourne, VIC
            27/10/1915    embarked Port of Melbourne, VIC onboard HMAT A38 Ulysses
                                 as a Private with 22nd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
            04/10/1917     hit by a shell and killed instantly - received in action
                                 at Broodseinde, Ypres, Belgium
            NO known grave.
            His name is commemorated on:-
                              - Panel 7 of The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ypres, Belgium
                              - Panel 49 of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT

Siblings (10):
Thomas Leman Church  (b. 1890 St James - d. 17/02/1956 Frankston, VIC)
m.  Margaret Elsie Church (nee Taylor  b. 1891 - d. 1972)
Mary Ann Church (Annie)  (b. 1885 Lake Rowan, VIC - d. 1969 Canterbury, VIC)
m.   Albert Fell  (b. 03/03/1885 Tungamah, VIC - d. 01/10/1948 boiler explosion, Hawthorn, VIC)
John Bernard Church
Eleanor Jane (Nellie) Church
Joseph Gabriel Church
Robert Henry Church  (b. Jan. 1892 St James, VIC - d. 04/10/1917 Belgium)
Frances Elizabeth Church  (Mrs Pugsley)
Alice Amelia Church  (Mrs Locke)
Charles Leslie Church

William was described on enlisting as 18 years 10 months of age; single; 5' 9" tall;
10 stone 4 lbs; fresh complexion; blue eyes; brown hair; Church of England

17/08/1915    enlisted in Tungamah, VIC - place of enlisting Melbourne, VIC

03/11/1915    appointed to Divisional Ammunition Column, 2nd Division

16/11/1915    embarked Port of Melbourne, VIC onboard HMAT A39 Port Macquarie
                     as a Driver with 2nd Divisional Ammunition Column

10/03/1916    transferred to 22 Howitzer Battery
                     posted to 105 Howitzer Battery

18/03/1916    proceeded to join British Expeditionary Forces, ex Alexandria
25/03/1916    disembarked into Marseilles, France

05/04/1916    promoted to Corporal Shoe Smith with 5th Field Artillery Brigade, in France

13/05/1916    transferred to 5th Field Artillery Battalion

09/08/1918    granted furlo (leave) to UK
27/08/1918    returned to unit, France

20/09/1918    promoted to Temporary Farrier Sergeant, in the field
13/10/1918    reverted to Shoe Smith Corporal

09/11/1918    promoted to Temporary Farrier Sergeant, in the field

09/02/1919    promoted to Farrier Sergeant with 5th Field Artillery Battalion

17/02/1919    marched out to return to Australia
20/02/1919    marched in, Havre, France
26/02/1919    embarked for England, ex Havre, France

27/04/1919    returned to Australia onboard HT Runic as a
                     Farrier Sergeant with 5th Field Artillery Battalion
10/06/1919    disembarked into Australia

02/08/1919     discharged from service

Medals:          1914/15 Star (28592); British War medal (26504); Victory medal (26370)

1920             Married:  Muriel Ewart  (b.1896 - d. 1983)

They had four children together.
Son:     John Robert Church

Submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  17/01/2017.  Lest we forget.