William GILCHRIST MM

GILCHRIST, William

Service Numbers: 1036, 17618
Enlisted: 12 May 1915, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 2nd Field Ambulance
Born: Paisley, Scotland, 1887
Home Town: Northcote, Darebin, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed In Action, Belgium, 31 July 1917
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: 42nd Infantry Battalion AIF Roll of Honour, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Maryborough City Hall Honour Roll, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient), Woolooga & District Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

12 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1036, Brisbane, Queensland
10 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 17618, Army Medical Corps (AIF), Enlisted at Melbourne, Victoria
5 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Regimental Sergeant Major, SN 1036, 42nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
5 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Regimental Sergeant Major, SN 1036, 42nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Borda, Sydney
15 Apr 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 42nd Infantry Battalion
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
31 Jul 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 42nd Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
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

Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Husband of Johanna Alice Gilchrist of Maryborough, QLD

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal