William Henry EAST

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EAST, William Henry

Service Number: 4761
Enlisted: 20 October 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Forest Range, South Australia, 7 September 1896
Home Town: Forest Range, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Gardener
Died: Killed in Action, France, 4 September 1916, aged 19 years
Cemetery: London Cemetery and Extension, Longueval
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Beltana & District WW1 Roll of Honor, Lenswood & Forest Range War Memorial, Lobethal WW1 Roll of Honor, Lobethal War Memorial, Woodside District of Onkaparinga Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

20 Oct 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
9 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4761, 10th Infantry Battalion, Pozières
9 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4761, 10th Infantry Battalion, RMS Mongolia, Adelaide

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Biography

"... Private (Pte) William Henry East, 10th Battalion. A gardener from Forest Range, South Australia, prior to enlistment with his 25 year old brother, 4760 Pte Albert Harold East, they embarked with the 15th Reinforcements from Adelaide on 9 March 1916 aboard RMS Mongolia for Suez. In late May 1916 they were both transferred to the 50th Battalion which relocated to the Western Front, France, in June 1916. Pte William East was killed in action near Albert on 4 September 1916 and is buried in the London Cemetery and Extension, Longueval, France. He was aged 20 years. Pte Albert East continued to serve with the 50th Battalion and was wounded in action on 11 August 1918 near Albert, France, and was evacuated to England for treatment and recuperation before returning to Australia for discharge, medically unfit, on 30 July 1920. A third brother, 474 Pte Walter Leonard East, 10th Battalion, was killed in action at Gallipoli on 15 May 1915 and is buried in the Lone Pine Cemetery. He was aged 20 years." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

 

His brothers who also enlisted;

474 Pte. Walter Leonard East (/explore/people/228909) 10th Batt. Killed in Action at Gallipoli 15 May 1915

4760 Pte. Albert Harold East (/explore/people/365972) 50th Batt. returned to Australia with one leg amputated as a result of wounds received.

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