William Harold BISHOP

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BISHOP, William Harold

Service Number: 3473
Enlisted: 13 August 1915
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 54th Infantry Battalion
Born: Leichhardt, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, February 1892
Home Town: Casino, Richmond Valley, New South Wales
Schooling: Leichhardt Superior Public School, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Railway porter
Died: Severe GSW to knee and Gas infection , County of London War Hospital, Epsom, England, 28 July 1916
Cemetery: Epsom Cemetery
Epsom Cemetery (Row K, Grave No. 83), Surrey, England
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Casino and District Memorial Hospital WW1 Roll of Honour, Haymarket NSW Government Railway and Tramway Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

13 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3473, 20th Infantry Battalion
20 Dec 1915: Involvement Private, SN 3473, 20th Infantry Battalion, Pozières
20 Dec 1915: Embarked Private, SN 3473, 20th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Sydney
16 Feb 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 54th Infantry Battalion
28 Jul 1916: Involvement Lance Corporal, SN 3473, 54th Infantry Battalion, Pozières

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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 - 28th July......Lance Corporal William Harold Bishop was born at Leichhardt, Sydney NSW in mid-1892. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 13th August, 1915 as a 23 year old Railway Porter from Casino, NSW.

Private Bishop embarked from Sydney, NSW on 20th December, 1915 with 8th Reinforcements of 20th Battalion. He was transferred to 54th Battalion at Tel-el-Kebir on 16th February, 1916 & arrived in France on 29th June, 1916.

Private Bishop was promoted to Lance Corporal (no date recorded).
Lance Corporal William Bishop was wounded in action in France on 19th/20th July, 1916. He was admitted to 13th General Hospital at Boulogne, France on 21st July, 1916 with a gunshot wound to right knee. He was invalided to England & admitted to the County of London War Hospital, Epsom, England on 23rd July, 1916 suffering from severe gunshot wound to right knee & gas infection. He was operated on in the evening of 23rd July, 1916.

Lance Corporal William Bishop was reported as dangerously ill on 25th July, 1916.

Lance Corporal William Bishop died at 8.45 am on 28th July, 1916 at County of London War Hospital, Epsom, England. The cause of death was determined later to be from wounds received in action in France – gunshot wound to right thigh & Malignant Oedema. He was buried in Epsom Cemetery, Surrey – Screen Wall. K. 83. There are no headstones for this section of the Cemetery, however those buried have their names on a bronze plaque located on the Screen Wall which is directly in front of the lawned area of burials. His death is acknowledged by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
There are 5 other WW1 Australian Soldiers remembered on the Screen Wall.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)
https://ww1austburialsuk.weebly.com/epsom.html

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