William GARRETT

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GARRETT, William

Service Number: 225
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 55th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bootle, Lancashire, England, 1883
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Killed in action, France, 20 July 1916
Cemetery: Ration Farm Military Cemetery, la Chapelle-D'Armentieres
Grave VI. H. 43. INSCRIPTION SADLY MISSED BY ALL AT HOME
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

12 May 1915: Involvement Private, SN 225, 17th Infantry Battalion
12 May 1915: Embarked Private, SN 225, 17th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Sydney
20 Jul 1916: Involvement Private, SN 225, 55th Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Involvement 55th Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He was 33 and the son of William and Elizabeth Garrett, (nee Corkish). of 40, Beatrice St., Bootle, Liverpool, England. 

His parents were both natives of Douglas, Isle of Man. The Garrett family home was at 40 Beatrice Street, Bootle in 1901 and 1911.

William junior was a merchant seaman and was away from home when the census was taken. Liverpool Crew Lists show that he was a deck boy on the Orotova in 1899 and an able seaman on the Campania in 1906.
 
He enlisted at Liverpool, New South Wales on the 30th January 1915. He served at the Dardanelles where he suffered a gun-shot wound to the shoulder. He was sent to England for hospital treatment and after he recovered was posted back to Egypt in January 1916.
 
William Henry Branney, the husband of his sister, Esther Branney (nee Garrett) died on service with the Royal Navy in 1915.
 
His brother, John Garrett, died in 1918 after being discharged from Royal Naval Reserve, and was also buried at Bootle Borough Cemetery.
 
He is remembered on the Merseyside Roll of Honour.

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