John Edward WILLIAMS

WILLIAMS, John Edward

Service Number: 510
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 15th Infantry Battalion
Born: Dunkeld, Victoria, Australia , 17 April 1891
Home Town: Dunkeld, Southern Grampians, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, 8 August 1915, aged 24 years
Cemetery: 7th Field Ambulance Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Dunkeld & District Roll of Honour, Dunkeld War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

22 Dec 1914: Involvement Private, 510, 17th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '11' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Ceramic embarkation_ship_number: A40 public_note: ''
22 Dec 1914: Embarked Private, 510, 17th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne
8 Aug 1915: Involvement Private, 510, 15th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 510 awm_unit: 15th Australian Infantry Battalion awm_rank: Private awm_died_date: 1915-08-08

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

John Edward Williams was one of four Australian brothers from Dunkeld, Victoria who all died on service during WW1.

John was 23 years and 5 months on enlistment at Enoggera in Queensland. He was 5’9”, 160 pounds, with reddish hair and blue eyes.

He was at the Anzac landing with the 15th Battalion, and suffered a GSW to his hand and left foot before being evacuated with a septic hand to Alexandria, Egypt 19 May 1915. He rejoined the 15th Battalion on Gallipoli during July 1915, and was killed in action four weeks later when the 4th Brigade tried to attack the northern flanks of the Turks in support of the August offensive. He was buried on 10 August 1915, by Rev. J.W. Wray, in the Kiajiak Dere at Gallipoli, about 2.5 miles NNE of Anzac Cove, known as the Norfolk Trench Cemetery, but after the war, a number of these bodies were removed to 7th Field Ambulance Cemetery. As his remains could not be specifically identified, a special memorial was erected in the 7th Field Ambulance Cemetery.

His brother, 2836B Pte. Frank Williams, 10th Battalion AIF, was killed in action at Pozieres on 23 July 1916, aged 23.

Another brother, 358 Stoker Michael Wright Williams, Royal Australian Navy, a stoker on the sunken Australian submarine AE2, died as a prisoner of war in Turkey on 23 September 1916.

His youngest brother, 3488 Pte. Thomas Peter Williams 14th Battalion AIF was killed in action on 18 April 1918, aged 20.

The sons of John and Matilda Williams of Dunkeld, Victoria.