Service Number: 232
Enlisted: 11 January 1915
Last Rank: Bombardier
Last Unit: Australian Veterinary Hospital
Born: Bourke, New South Wales, Australia , 29 July 1877
Home Town: St George, Balonne Shire, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Carpenter
Died: 19 January 1962, aged 84 years, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Rookwood Cemetery & Crematorium
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World War 1 Service

11 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Driver, 232, 1st Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train
4 Jun 1915: Involvement 232, 1st Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train
4 Jun 1915: Embarked 232, 1st Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train, HMAT Port Macquarie, Melbourne
11 Jan 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Bombardier, Australian Veterinary Hospital

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney


Enlisted and served under alias of Patrick Quinn 

William Gawthorn was my great uncle. It was well known in the family that he had enlisted for the First World War as Patrick Quinn (his mother’s maiden name) and gave his birth place as Kilkenny Ireland (also his mother’s birth place). If you will look at page 41 of Series B 2455 he states in his letter that he was born in Bourke 29th July 1877 which is correct, although on other pages it shows 1872. In his letter shown on page 42 of the same series that his “right name is on the birth certificate enclosed’, also that he served under the name of Patrick Quinn. The letter on page 59 shows as being ‘accepted as identical with William James Gawthorn’. He was in fact registered at birth as William Thomas and baptised as William James and died as William Thomas. -Courtesy of Great Niece Rosemary Owens