William James KARNEY


KARNEY, William James

Service Number: 1523
Enlisted: 26 November 1914, Oaklands, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bowden, South Australia, 19 February 1893
Home Town: Bowden, Charles Sturt, South Australia
Schooling: Hindmarsh Primary School
Occupation: Labourer, Islington Workshops
Died: Killed In Action, Gallipoli, Turkey, 1 August 1915, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Lone Pine Cemetery, ANZAC
Plot I, Row G, Grave No. 17
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

26 Nov 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Oaklands, South Australia
19 Feb 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1523, 10th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
19 Feb 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1523, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Runic, Melbourne


Daily Herald (Adelaide, SA: 1910 - 1924) Friday 3 September 1915
Mr. James Karney, of 2nd street, Bowden, has received word that his second son, Private William James Karney, has been killed in action at the Dardanelles.
The sad event occurred on August 1, and the parents received word a few days ago.
Private Karney was 22 years of age on February 19 and he enlisted in December.
He left Adelaide with the third reinforcements of the famous 10th Battalion. Prior to joining the colors he was employed at the Islington workshops and had been there for six years. Private Karney had a lovable disposition, and his cheery good natured manner endeared him to all he came in contact with. He was a member of the West Torrens 3rd Football Club, and had a large circle of friends. Great sympathy is felt with Mr. and Mrs. Karney in their bereavement. An elder brother is at the front, having left with the third reinforcements.


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Son of William KARNEY and Martha nee MORGAN

Surname has been incorrectly recorded spelled Carney on Embarkation Roll (www.awm.gov.au)



Private Walter Karney, writing to his mother at Bowden, from Anzac, in respect to the death of his brother, Private W. J. Karney, says:—

"August 1. My dear mother—I suppose you will have known for some time when you get this that my brother was killed in action early this morning. He received the full force of a shell and died immediately. I attended his funeral, which was a very impressive sight. He was buried by Father O'Flynn in the Battalion Cemetery in the gully at the rear of the trenches. His mates all attended. You can imagine what a shock it was to me, but I must put the brave side out. I hope you will do the same at home. We have the consolation of knowing
that he died a noble death for his King and country. He did not know a moment of pain. His officer and non-commissioned officers, and his comrades all wish me to convey to you their deepest sympathy. 

Lieutenant H. C. Hosking has also written Mrs. Karney under date August 1, stating:—

"I greatly regret to have to inform you that during the action last night your son, Private W. J. Karney, gave up his life for the cause for which he was fighting. Your son was in my platoon, under my charge, and in losing him I have lost a true soldier of his Majesty, and no man can say more for another. I understand the feeling of those whom we have to leave behind, but we are fighting for the right—the
triumph of civilisation over decadence and in a great struggle such as this great sacrifices are demanded. Your son died a soldier, giving his life cheerfully, and it behoves those left behind to give as bravely." 
from the Adelaide Advertiser 30 Sep 1915 (nla.gov.au)