MICHAEL, William

Service Number: 2841
Enlisted: 9 October 1916, Brisbane, Qld.
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 42nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Samsonvale, Birsbane, Queensland, 1888
Home Town: Strathpine, Moreton Bay, Queensland
Schooling: Samson Creek Provisional School, Queensland
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, Ypres, Belgium, 31 July 1917
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Brisbane 42nd Infantry Battalion AIF Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient), Samford War Memorial, Samson Vale Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

9 Oct 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2841, 42nd Infantry Battalion, Brisbane, Qld.
23 Dec 1916: Involvement Private, 2841, 42nd Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '18' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Demosthenes embarkation_ship_number: A64 public_note: ''
23 Dec 1916: Embarked Private, 2841, 42nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Demosthenes, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

William Michael aged 28 when he enlisted, son of Frederick Michael and Ann Elizabeth Skerman. William's father selected land at Mt Samson from 1874 and served on the Pine Divisional Board from 1888 through to 1890. His mother's family was pioneers of Harrisons Pocket and settled there in 1868. William enlisted 9 October 1916 at Brisbane his occupation is listed as a farmer. On the 1913 Commonwealth Electoral Rolls William is living with his parents at Samsonvale. William was killed in action, aged 30.