William John BOTTOMLEY

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BOTTOMLEY, William John

Service Number: 7199
Enlisted: 30 October 1916, 24th Reinforcement Draft
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 21st Infantry Battalion
Born: Echuca, Victoria, Australia, January 1879
Home Town: Armadale, Stonnington, Victoria
Schooling: State School, Echuca, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Grocer
Died: Killed at summit Mont St Quentin, buried by shell, Mont St Quentin, France, 1 September 1918
Cemetery: Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension
Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot III, Row C, Grave No. 1), France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

30 Oct 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 7199, 5th Infantry Battalion, 24th Reinforcement Draft
19 Feb 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 7199, 5th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '8' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Ballarat embarkation_ship_number: A70 public_note: '' The Ballarat was torpedoed on approach to England 25 April 1917. The 24th Reinforcement Draft of the 5th Battalion on board. On this occasion, all 1720 souls aboard BALLARAT survived.
1 Sep 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 7199, 21st Infantry Battalion, Mont St Quentin / Peronne

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Biography contributed by Steve Larkins

 

Mother, Mrs M J Bottomley, Aintree Road, East Malvern, Victoria.

Served in School Cadets and in the Victorian Rangers, Citizen Military Forces, Echuca, Victoria.

On board the 'Ballarat' when it was torpedoed, 25 April 1917.

Wounded at Passchendaele, Belgium, 4 October 1917; returned to France, 4 February 1918.

Killed in action at the summit of Mont St Quentin.  Buried in a common grave with 12 of his comrades from the 21st Battalion.  Reinterred in Peronne Military Cemetery.

Commemorated in Echuca Cemetery

 

compiled by Steve Larkins Aug 2018

based on service record and information from the book 'Men of Mont St Quentin' by Peter Stanley 2009

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