William Thomas (Billy) MADDERN MM


MADDERN, William Thomas

Service Number: 2181
Enlisted: 22 July 1915, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 28th Infantry Battalion
Born: Woods Point, Victoria, 24 October 1889
Home Town: Boulder, Kalgoorlie/Boulder, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Miner
Died: Died of wounds, Ypres, Belgium, 28 October 1917, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Menin Road South Military Cemetery
Plot 3, Row K, Grave No. 11
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

22 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2181, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
1 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2181, 28th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
1 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2181, 28th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Hororata, Fremantle
23 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2181, 28th Infantry Battalion, Pozières
28 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 2181, 28th Infantry Battalion, 2nd Passchendaele

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Lance Corporal Maddern was awarded the Military Medal following the Battle of Pozieres in 1916 for gallantry and devotion to duty.  

Wounded in action on three occasions during his 1916 service in France, he was again wounded in action in Belgium and died on 28th October 1917.      

This young father had been a well-known footballer both in the Kalgoorlie Goldfields and with Subiaco and North Fremantle under the name 'Billy' Maddern.

Our family proudly honours his memory. - Submitted by Colleen van Hemert


Son of:  432 Sapper William Henry MADDERN (/explore/people/370936), Tunnelling Details, who returned to Australia, 22 July 1917.