William Edward BATH

BATH, William Edward

Service Number: 4137
Enlisted: 12 August 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Parkside, South Australia, 4 December 1895
Home Town: Parkside, Unley, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Cabinet Maker
Died: Killed in Action, France, 2 April 1917, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Noreuil Australian Cemetery
Sp Mem A 6, Noreuil Australian Cemetery, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Unley Arch of Remembrance, Unley Town Hall WW1 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

12 Aug 1915: Enlisted
11 Jan 1916: Involvement Private, 4137, 10th Infantry Battalion
11 Jan 1916: Embarked Private, 4137, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Borda, Adelaide
2 Apr 1917: Involvement Private, 4137, 50th Infantry Battalion


The Advertiser Friday 27 April 1917 page 8

Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Bath, of 13 Scott street, Parkside, have been notified that their eldest son, Private W. E. Bath, was killed in action on April 2. He enlisted in August, 1915, and left South Australia on January 11, 1916, with his mate, Private Harry Osborne, with whom he had served five years' apprenticeship as a cabinet-maker. They left Egypt early in July for France, serving together till August, 1916, when Private Osborne was killed. Private Bath was a member of a machine gun company. He was beloved by all his friends for his kind and genial disposition.

Observer Newspaper

News has been received by his parents, Mr and Mrs W A Bath of Scott Street, Parkside, that heir son, Private Will Bath, was killed in action on April 2. The deceased enlisted early in August 1915, with a mate Pte. H O Osborne. These two soldiers served five years apprenticeship under the firm of Burton & Knills, cabinet makers, Maylands, and were together until the death of Pte. Osborne. They left South Australia with reinforecments of the 'Fighting Tenth' in January, 1916, for Egypt, whence they embarked for France early in July. They then served together until death parted them. Pte. Bath made many friends by his kind and genial disposition. He was a member of the Parkside Methodist Church and Sunday School.

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Son of William Albert BATES and Lucy Ann nee VIRGO