William Edward ANDERSON

ANDERSON, William Edward

Service Number: 358
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 35th Infantry Battalion
Born: Not yet discovered
Home Town: Newcastle, Hunter Region, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Illness, Wiltshire, United Kingdom, 9 June 1917, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Bulford Church Cemetery, Wiltshire, England
Grave 3. I. 5
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Kurri Kurri War Memorial
Show Relationships

World War 1 Service

1 May 1916: Involvement Private, 358, 35th Infantry Battalion
1 May 1916: Embarked Private, 358, 35th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Benalla, Sydney

Help us honour William Edward Anderson's service by contributing information, stories, and images so that they can be preserved for future generations.

Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Age at death recorded as 30.


Deaths Jun 1917 Anderson William 30 Amesbury 5a
The district Amesbury is in the county of Wiltshire

Biography contributed by Cathy Sedgwick

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

Died on this date – 9th June…… William Edward Anderson was born in late 1886 to parents Charles & Agnes Anderson (nee Lawless). His birth was registered as Edward William Anderson in the district of Bungendore (near Queanbeyan). (His Attestation Papers list place of birth as Bungadore, Newcastle). 

William Edward Anderson married Clarice Emelda Nattrass in 1910 in the district of Kurri Kurri, NSW. Births were registered in the district of Kurri Kurri for the following: George C. Anderson (born 1910), Cornelius O. Anderson (born 1912), Lorna B. Anderson (born 1914) & William John Anderson (born 1916).

He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 17th December, 1915 as a 29 year old, married, Miner from First Street, Weston, NSW.

Private William Edward Anderson, Service number 358, embarked from Sydney, NSW on HMAT Benalla (A24) on 1st May, 1916 with 9th Infantry Brigade, 35th Infantry Battalion & disembarked at Plymouth, England on 9th July, 1916.

While sailing to England Private Anderson was written up on 11th June, 1916 for Breaking Coal Guard & A.W.L. (Absent without leave) from Troopship “A 24”. He was given 30 days fatigue duty A24 at Capetown.

Reinforcements were only given basic training in Australia. Training was completed in training units in England. Some of these were located in the Salisbury Plain & surrounding areas in the county of Wiltshire.

He was Absent without leave from 1 pm 20th July, 1916 to 4 pm 21st August, 1916. He was punished with 28 days F. P. (Field Punishment) No. 2  & a total forfeiture of 30 days’ pay.

On 1st September, 1916 Private Anderson was admitted to Bulford Military Hospital, Wiltshire with V.D. & was discharged on 11th September, 1916.

Private Anderson was marched in to No. 1 Command Depot on 17th October, 1916. He was written up for the offence at Tidworth for 1. Drunk & 2. A.W.L. from Tattoo on 24th October, 1916 till 10.30 pm the same day. This was admonished by Lt. Col. Osborne on 27th October, 1916.

He was on furlough from 10th to 24th November, 1916.

On 5th December, 1916 Private Anderson was marched out to H. Q. & attached to Australian Postal Corps, Mount Pleasant, London.

Private Anderson was given 26 days detention for A.W.L. in London from 3rd February and breaking open arrest & A.W.L. on 27th February, 1917. Total forfeiture of 52 days’ pay.

He was admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, Wiltshire on 3rd March, 1917. He was detached from duty & discharged from 1st A.D.H. on 25th March, 1917 to Depot No. 20. He was marched out to No. 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, Wiltshire on 31st March, 1917.

On 24th April, 1917 Private Anderson was written up for the following crimes at Perham Downs, Wiltshire  – 1. Breaking Camp   2. Absent without leave from 7 am 24th April, 1917 till 10.30 pm 30th April, 1917. He was awarded 7 days Field Punishment No. 2 by Lt. Col. G. H. Knox & in custody awaiting trial for 2 days from 3rd May, 1917. He was awarded a total forfeiture of 16 days’ pay.

He was admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford on 29th May, 1917 with V.D.


Private William Edward Anderson died on 9th June, 1917 in the Military Hospital, Bulford Camp, Wiltshire. A post mortem was held & the cause of death reported as Syphilis (originally contracted at London).

He was buried in Bulford Church Cemetery, Wiltshire, England where 14 other WW1 Australian War Graves are located.

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