William (Will) MARSHALL



Service Number: 141
Enlisted: 4 February 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 15 April 1896
Home Town: Norwood (SA), South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Grocer
Died: Died of wounds, France, 30 June 1916, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord
Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Nord), Lille, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

4 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Keswick, South Australia
31 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 141, 27th Infantry Battalion
31 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 141, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide

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Mrs. Marshall, 107 Hanson street, has received from Snglr. F. A. Connor, on behalf of the comrades of her late son, Snglr. Will Marshall, a letter expressing their sympathy and condolence. The writer says the deceased died nobly, and is remembered a fine, true, and brave soldier. He adds:—

"Will was in the front line, and had just gone to his machine gun position when a large shell burst alongside him, wounding him in head and legs. Although he knew he was seriously hit, he told the stretcher bearers to tend the other wounded first; and when all had been taken to the rear he said, 'Now take me back when you are ready.' On the way to the dressing station he was hit with a bullet in the body." He was taken to hospital the same night, and died at 5 a.m." - from the Adelaide Observer 16 Dec 1916 (nla.gov.au)