William Walter Atkinson FOX

Badge Number: S12002, Sub Branch: Mt. Gambier
S12002

FOX, William Walter Atkinson

Service Numbers: 6400, S1481
Enlisted: 8 September 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: Lines of Communication Units
Born: Natimuk, Victoria, 22 February 1889
Home Town: Mount Gambier, Mount Gambier, South Australia
Schooling: Casterton State School
Occupation: Carpenter and Joiner
Died: Natural causes, Adelaide, South Australia, 24 August 1952, aged 63 years
Cemetery: Mount Gambier Lake Terrace Cemetery
Memorials: Mount Gambier RSL Pictorial Honour Roll, Robe War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

8 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 6400, Adelaide, South Australia
20 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 6400, 3rd Field Company Engineers, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 6400, 3rd Field Company Engineers, HMAT Armadale, Sydney
14 Aug 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 6400, 3rd Field Company Engineers

World War 2 Service

30 Apr 1941: Enlisted Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2, Private, SN S1481, Mount Gambier, South Australia
1 May 1941: Involvement Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2, Private, SN S1481
20 Nov 1945: Discharged Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2, Corporal, SN S1481, Lines of Communication Units, Lines of Communication Area Recruiting Staff (S.A.)

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Biography contributed by John Fox

William Walter Atkinson Fox enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on the 8th September 1915, at Adelaide, South Australia, aged 26 years and 6 months, Service Number 6400; Unit 3rd Field Company Engineers. As Sapper Fox, he embarked in Sydney on the 26th March 1916, aboard the ship HMAT "Armadale".

He disembarked at Alexandria, Egypt and joined miscellaneous reinforcements at Tel-El-Kebir 24 Apr 1916. On the 10th May 1916 he embarked from Alexandria overseas aboard the ship "Caledonian" as reinforcements for 1st Division. In June 1916 he arrived in Marseilles, France and transported by train, a 55 hour trip, to Etaples, France.

He then endured the rigours encountered serving on the Western Front and the Somme, broken by brief periods of leave to the UK in October 1917 and October 1918. After Armistice was declared he remained in France as an Instructor in an AIF Carpentry School, and finally arrived back in Southampton, England on 4th April, 1919. Now ranked "Sergeant", he returned to Australia aboard the "Nestor" disembarking on 29 Jun 1919 before finally being discharged from the AIF on the 14th August, 1919.

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