William John BASKETT

Badge Number: 1321, Sub Branch: Barmera

BASKETT, William John

Service Number: 6560
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: London, England, 1890
Home Town: Barmera, Berri and Barmera, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Stationhand
Died: Barmera, South Australia, 7 April 1945, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Barmera (Upper Murray) Garden of Memory Cemetery
Section E; Row A; Plot 3
Memorials: Streaky Bay War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

24 Jan 1917: Involvement Private, SN 6560, 27th Infantry Battalion
24 Jan 1917: Embarked Private, SN 6560, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Miltiades, Adelaide

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Mother Mrs Elenor Baskett, 40 Albany Rd, West Ealing, London, England.

Previously 6yrs 36 days Territorial Forces, 9th County of London, free discharge.

On enlisting William was 26yrs 7 mths, Church of England and worked as a stationhand.

9/11/1916   Enlisted in Adelaide
22/1/1917   appointed to 19/27th Infantry Battalion
24/1/1917   Embarked from Port Adelaide onboard HMAT A28 Militades.
23/7/1917   disembarked into Devonport, England
28/11/1917  proceeded o/s to France, ex Folkestone, England
18/3/1918    taken on strength into 27th Infantry, from reinforcements

4/1/1919      returned to Australia onboard Morvada
10/5/1919     discharged  (total service 2yrs, 183 days)

Medals:  British War Medal 19125; Victory Medal 18814

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan. January 2016.  Lest we forget.