William Arthur Harry ACKERLY


ACKERLY, William Arthur Harry

Service Number: 4651
Enlisted: 20 January 1916, Melbourne, Vic.
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 21st Infantry Battalion
Born: Mansfield, Victoria, Australia, 29 August 1882
Home Town: Northcote, Darebin, Victoria
Schooling: Mansfield State School
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed in Action, France, 25 February 1917, aged 34 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Isolated grave .25 mile west of Warlencourt Eaucourt, 3 miles W.S.W of Bapaume, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France, AIF Burial Ground, Flers, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Melbourne & Metropolitan Board of Works Employees Ass. Pictorial HR, Nar Nar Goon Melbourne & Metropolitan Board of Works Roll of Honor, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

20 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4651, 21st Infantry Battalion, Melbourne, Vic.
4 Apr 1916: Involvement Private, SN 4651, 21st Infantry Battalion
4 Apr 1916: Embarked Private, SN 4651, 21st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Harry and L A C ACKERLY
Husband of Alice R ACKERLY
Of 60 Mansfield Street, Northcote, Melbourne, Vic.

It was with sincere regret that friends of Private W. A. H. Ackerly received news that he had been killed in action in France on 25th Feb., 1917. The late soldier enlisted in February, 1916, and sailed on 4th April, 1916. After training in Egypt and Salisbury Plains he saw active service both in Belgium and in the Battle of the Somme. Private Ackerly was a man of wide interests, being a trustee of the Northcote Oddfellows' Lodge, a member of the Northcote Horticultural Society, and a member and trustee of the Croxton Methodist Church. His kindly genial presence will be much missed by the young men of the Church, as he was one of the vice-presidents of their Literary Society and took a lively interest in their welfare. The deceased was possessed of marked literary ability, and in 1911 succeeded in winning at the South Street competitions the championship  medal,awarded by Lord Dudley, also a £50 prize donated by the State Government for an essay on "Victorian Resources," and was the winner of many other literary awards. Prior to enlistment he was employed on the clerical staff of the Metropolitan Board of Works for some 18 years and there held in high esteem by his comrades. He leaves a wife and two children to mourn his loss. His many friends also greatly regret the loss of a true comrade and a sterling citizen, with whom duty always stood before personal comfort or safety.