William Francis BARRY MM

BARRY, William Francis

Service Number: 4449
Enlisted: 12 October 1915
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 15th Infantry Battalion
Born: Capella, Queensland, Australia, 9 June 1888
Home Town: Rockhampton, Rockhampton, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Foreman Porter
Died: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 27 September 1969, aged 81 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Hemmant Cemetery and Crematorium, Brisbane, Queensland
Memorials: Gracemere War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

12 Oct 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 4449, 15th Infantry Battalion
31 Jan 1916: Involvement Private, 4449, 15th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '11' embarkation_place: Brisbane embarkation_ship: HMAT Wandilla embarkation_ship_number: A62 public_note: ''
31 Jan 1916: Embarked Private, 4449, 15th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Wandilla, Brisbane
19 Mar 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 15th Infantry Battalion
14 Apr 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 15th Infantry Battalion
31 Jul 1918: Honoured Military Medal, Commonwealth of Australia Gazette: 12 February 1919 on p270 position 102 London Gazette: 21 October 1918 on -12420 position 20
5 May 1919: Embarked AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 4449, 15th Infantry Battalion, per HT Armagh
18 Sep 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 4449, 15th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Chris Buckley

William was the 2nd of four children of Patrick Barry (who arrived in Maryborough, QLD from County Clare, Ireland in 1875) and Cecilia Larkin (origniallly from Tasmania). Older brother James served in the AIF in Egypt and France

William was working as a Porter when he enlisted in the AIF in 1915. He was awarded the Military Medal 'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the operation near Hamel Wood east of Corbie on July 4th 1918'. 

Returning from WWI, William lived and worked in Rockhampton, QLD as a Warehouseman, and in 1924 married Eliza Ellen Sullivan in Mount Mrgan in QLD. He continued working as a Warehouseman in Fitroy, QLD until  1958 when he was 70 years of age. He retired to Ipswich, QLD and died in Ipswich, QLD in 1968