William OUTTRAM

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OUTTRAM, William

Service Numbers: 2211, 2009
Enlisted: 19 March 1915, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 58th Infantry Battalion
Born: Digby, Victoria, March 1882
Home Town: Digby, Glenelg, Victoria
Schooling: Digby State School
Occupation: Saw-miller
Died: Died of wounds, France, 26 November 1916
Cemetery: Quarry Cemetery, Montauban
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

19 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Melbourne, Victoria
25 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2211, 5th Infantry Battalion
4 May 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2009, 59th Infantry Battalion
4 May 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2009, 59th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Port Lincoln, Melbourne
26 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2009, 58th Infantry Battalion, Flers/Gueudecourt

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Biography

"On the 12th March 1915......... a young Australian man by the name of William Outtram from Digby Victoria enlisted in the AIF and headed to Gallipoli with Australia's 5th Division contingent to fight for King and country. After surviving the events of 1915 at Gallipoli, William suffered the scourge of the trenches - amoebic dysentery. Evacuated on a hospital ship in December 1915 he was returned to Australia. Not content to have said, I have done my bit...... re enlisted and was shipped of to France with the 58th Battalion arriving on the 30th September. He had avoided Poziers but still had the horrors of a wet battlefield bogged down in trench warfare and constant bombardments.

During the Battle for Flers he was wounded by machine gun fire on the left side and evacuated to the 13th Field hospital where he died on the 26th November 1916. He was buried in a quiet corner of original Quarry Cemetery. He was later reinterred in the Commonwealth War Graves Quarry Cemetery just outside Montauban in Picardy. A cemetery plaque was found by a potato farmer in a field n 1985. It was probably discarded when William was reburied after the end of the war.

Lest we Forget! - SOURCE (www.storiesofthesomme.com)

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