Ernest WILLIAMS

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WILLIAMS, Ernest

Service Number: 3163
Enlisted: 16 June 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, January 1889
Home Town: Walkerville, South Australia
Schooling: Flinders Street Public School
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Died of wounds, France, 5 June 1918
Cemetery: Wimereux Communal Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

16 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3163, Keswick, South Australia
14 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3163, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
14 Sep 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3163, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ballarat, Adelaide
2 Jun 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 3163, 10th Infantry Battalion, Merris (France), GSW (thigh)

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Biography contributed by Nicholas Egan

Margaret Phillips

Club Historian Gilberton Amateur Swimming Club Inc.

Ernest disembarked in Alexandria, Egypt on 29 December 1915. He contracted Mumps and was hospitalised in Tel-el- Kilor until transferred to the 3rd Auxiliary Hospital in Cairo. Subsequently he suffered dental problems and was away from his unit until 7 March 1916. He left Alexandria on 27 March 1916 to join the British Expeditionary Forces in France, arriving at Marseilles on 3 April 1917.

Ernest was wounded in action on 2 June 1918 and while he seemed to be progressing well at the 8 th Stationery Hospital Winereaux, France, he died at 8.15pm on June 5 th. He had received a gun shot wound which had fractured his right thigh and required the amputation of his leg. His death is said to have occurred as a result of the shock at losing his leg. He was buried on the 7 th June at Wimereaux Cemetery. - Red Cross Files

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