William Alexander LILLEY

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LILLEY, William Alexander

Service Number: 2468
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 47th Infantry Battalion
Born: Boulia QLD 4829, 22 September 1891
Home Town: Boulia, Boulia, Queensland
Schooling: Winton State School
Occupation: Stockman
Died: Illness (Pneumonia), United Kingdom, 2 January 1917, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Durrington Cemetery
Netheravon Road, Durrington, Wiltshire, England.
Memorials: "The Monument" Cloncurry, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

19 Sep 1916: Involvement Private, SN 2468, 47th Infantry Battalion
19 Sep 1916: Embarked Private, SN 2468, 47th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Seang Choon, Brisbane

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Biography

William Alexander Lilley lies at rest in a small cemetery in Durrington, Wilts, England in the military part of the cemetery. He was born in Boulia, QLD. His Father was John Charlton Lilley and his Mother was Martha A. Lilley. He had 2 sisters: Sarah James and Mary Mead. He was the only grandson of William Thomas Cobley Lilley to bear the Lilley surname. His grandfather was living at the time of his enlistment and death. He was 24 years old when he enlisted in the AIF, 5th/47 Bn, in Cloncurry, QLD on 5/4/1916. His 2 cousins (2 brothers), also enlisted on the same day and place. Of the three men, only one returned to his family. It took William 3 months to travel by ship from Brisbane to Plymouth, England, arriving on 9/12/1916. Shortly after on 26/12/1916, he was admitted to the Fargo Military Hospital, Wilts, England, seriously ill with broncho pneumonia. He died on 2/1/1917. Sadly his mother received a Xmas Card and a letter both postmarked 3/1/1917. She thought perhaps a mistake had been made in advising of his death. She had also heard of an occurrence in Townsville where a mother was advised of her son's passing, when he was in fact, alive. It is heartrending to read this correspondence in his military service file held in the National Archives of Australia.

 

Service Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal,

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