William Henry LUCAS


LUCAS, William Henry

Service Number: 7303
Enlisted: 6 November 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 12th Infantry Battalion
Born: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, September 1885
Home Town: Wilmot Lower, Kentish, Tasmania
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: SW Abdomen, 1/5/1918, 15 Canadian Clearing Station, France, 2 May 1918
Cemetery: Ebblinghem Military Cemetery
Ebblinghem Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row E, Grave No. 7), France, Ebblinghem Military Cemetery, Ebblinghem, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Kentish Municipality Honour Roll Mural, Sheffield War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

6 Nov 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 7303, 12th Infantry Battalion
10 Feb 1917: Involvement Private, SN 7303, 12th Infantry Battalion
10 Feb 1917: Embarked Private, SN 7303, 12th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Seang Bee, Adelaide

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

AWM Biography

7303 Private (Pte) William Henry Lucas, 12th Battalion, of Lower Wilmot, Tas. A farmer prior to enlisting in November 1916, Pte Lucas embarked from Adelaide with the 24th Reinforcements on board HMAT Seang Bee (A48) on 10 February 1917. Pte Lucas was to suffer several months of illness during his service and was admitted to the ship's hospital just four days out to sea. Upon reaching England on 2 May 1917, he was admitted to Parkhouse Hospital, Durrington, suffering from mumps. He was discharged in August 1917 and after further training in England, proceeded to Belgium in November to join his unit. In February 1918 he was hospitalised again and was diagnosed with trench fever in March. He rejoined his unit on 28 April 1918. Pte Lucas was wounded in action, probably near Villers-Bretonneux, France, by gun shot wounds to the abdomen and left hand, on 1 May 1918. He died of his wounds on 2 May 1918. Pte Lucas was 33 years of age.