William HENRY


HENRY, William

Service Number: 6328
Enlisted: 25 September 1916, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 18th Infantry Battalion
Born: West Hartlepool, England, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Carpenter
Died: Killed in action, Belgium, 20 September 1917, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

25 Sep 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, Keswick, South Australia
11 Nov 1916: Involvement Private, SN 6328, 18th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
11 Nov 1916: Embarked Private, SN 6328, 18th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Suevic, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Thomas Todd

William Henry was born in West Hartlepool, England. There is no reference to his birth date in any documentation, however, on his Attestation Paper of Persons Enlisted for Service Abroad, it states that he was 39 years and 9 months old at the date of 25th September 1916. Using this information he would have been born either early 1876 or late 1875. The height of William henry was 5 feet and 5 inches and the weight of him was 145 lbs.

William was a carpenter for most of his life. He had a sister, Mrs Lily Parkes, who lived in Hunters Hill, Sydney.

William had attempted to enlist in the AIF prior to the 25th of September 1916, however, he was rejected on the grounds of his teeth. William Henry chose to enlist in the Australian Army again on the 25 of September 1916. He was aged 39 years and 9 months old. He joined the Army as a Private for the 18th Australian Infantry Battalion in the 5th Brigade in France and his service number was 6328.

William died on the 20th of September, 1917 in Belgium. He was wounded on the 20/9/17 and then later that day he was reported dead. However, he died serving Australia and the world. William’s name is located on panel 85 at the Australian War Memorial in the commemorative area. He is also commemorated at the Ypres Memorial in West-Vlaanderen, Belgium amongst thousands of soldiers who, during the First World War, gave their lives and have no known graves.

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