William John BIDDLE


BIDDLE, William John

Service Number: 1877
Enlisted: 2 August 1915, Toowoomba
Last Rank: Shoeing-Smith
Last Unit: 25th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Warwick, Queensland, 1 February 1890
Home Town: Toowoomba, Toowoomba, Queensland
Schooling: State School, Thanes Creek, Queensland
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Accidental Injuries due to dugout collapse, France, 18 January 1917, aged 26 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Buried at Bottom Wood
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Bell War Memorial, Toowoomba Roll of Honour WW1, Toowoomba War Memorial (Mothers' Memorial), Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France), Warwick War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

2 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1877, 5th Light Horse Regiment, Toowoomba
3 Jan 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1877, 5th Light Horse Regiment
3 Jan 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1877, 5th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Kyarra, Brisbane
27 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 14th Field Artillery Brigade
9 Jul 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 25th Field Artillery Brigade
18 Jan 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Shoeing-Smith, SN 1877, 25th Field Artillery Brigade

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

William John BIDDLE was born on 1st February, 1890 in Warwick, Queensland

His parents were Thomas BIDDLE & Jessie Ann WHITE

He enlisted in Toowoomba on 2nd August, 1915 and embarked with the 5th Light Horse Regiment, 13th Reinforcements on the HMAT Kyarra fron Brisbane on 3rd January, 1916

William died of injuries accidentally received when a dugout collapsed on him - he was buried in Bottom Wood and his name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial & the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial.

Medals:  British War Medal & Victory Medal

Last Rank was Shoeing Smith


His brother, Private Donald Peter BIDDLE (SN308) was killed in a Railway accident prior to his embarkation & died at Brisbane General Hospital on 7th December, 1915