William Ernest RILEY

RILEY, William Ernest

Service Number: 1725
Enlisted: 24 February 1916, Enlisted at Melbourne
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 60th Infantry Battalion
Born: Glenferrie, Victoria, Australia, January 1898
Home Town: Burwood, Whitehorse, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Driver
Died: Tuberculois, Fovant Militiary Hospital, Wiltsire, United Kingdom, 22 May 1917
Cemetery: Compton Chamberlayne Cemetery
Grave 218. Captain A.J. Smith officiated. Funeral director was F. Hansford of Anstey Coffin was made polished oak with brass fittings, Compton Chamberlayne Cemetery, Compton Chamberlayne, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

24 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1725, 60th Infantry Battalion, Enlisted at Melbourne
4 May 1916: Involvement Private, 1725, 60th Infantry Battalion
4 May 1916: Embarked Private, 1725, 60th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Port Lincoln, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Next of kin given as his Guardian William Dunstan of the Burwood Boys' Home, Burwood, Victoria

Medals: British War Medal

Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK

Died on this date - 22nd May.......Private William Ernest Riley was born at Glenferrie, Victoria in 1898. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 24th February, 1916 as an 18 year old Driver from Burwood, Victoria.

Private Riley embarked from Melbourne on 4th May, 1916 & disembarked at Suez on 10th June, 1916. He was posted to 15th Training Battalion at Codford, Wiltshire on 21st August, 1916.
Private Riley was admitted to Codford Group Clearing Hospital, Wiltshire on 31st October, 1916 suffering from Influenza. He was transferred the next day to Military Hospital at Sutton Veny, Wiltshire & discharged on 13th November, 1916.

Private William Ernest Riley was admitted to the Military Hospital at Fovant on 15th May, 1917 & was treated for Haematuria. He died at 11.45 pm on 22nd May, 1917. A Post Mortem was conducted & the examination showed “old standing tubercular disease of the kidney (Left) & miliary tuberalis in right kidney & in both lungs.” Cause of death was decided as General Tuberculosis.

Private William Ernest Riley was buried in Compton Chamberlayne War Graves Cemetery, Wiltshire, England where 27 other WW1 Australian Soldiers are buried.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)


Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Deaths Jun 1917 Riley William E 19 Wilton 5a 249.


He was 19.