Service Number: 17618
Enlisted: 10 February 1916, Enlisted at Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 2nd Field Ambulance
Born: Paisley, Scotland, 1887
Home Town: Northcote, Darebin, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
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World War 1 Service

10 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 17618, Army Medical Corps (AIF), Enlisted at Melbourne, Victoria
21 Jun 1917: Involvement Private, SN 17618, Army Medical Corps (AIF)
21 Jun 1917: Embarked Private, SN 17618, Army Medical Corps (AIF), HMAT Suevic, Melbourne
8 Oct 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 2nd Field Ambulance, In France.
14 Sep 1918: Honoured Military Medal, For bravery and devotion to duty on the 9th and 10th August, 1918 at Rosieres. This bearer was acting as runner between R.M.O. and the officer in charge of evacuation during the advance made by the 2nd and 3rd Brigades and on many occasions crossed large open spaces swept by machine gun and rifle fire. In spite of the constant movement of posts and the difficulty thus attached to his take this runner always managed to deliver his messages and thus materially assisted in the evacuation of wounded. London Gazette on 24 January 1919, page 1251, position 91 Commonwealth of Australia Gazette on 23 May 1919, page 898, position 25
3 Oct 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 2nd Field Ambulance, In France
7 Sep 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 17618, 2nd Field Ambulance, Discharged at the 3rd Military District

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of John Gilchrist of Paisley, Scotland

Husband of Elsie Beatrice  Gilchrist nee Wadley of 137 Westgarth Street, South Northcote, Victoria. William and Elsie were married in Victoria during 1916

Commenced return to Australia on 12 Jun 1919 aboard HT Themisticles as nursing staff disembarking on the 8 August 1919

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal