William HUNGERFORD

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HUNGERFORD, William

Service Number: 1782
Enlisted: 18 January 1915, 88th Battalion 1 year
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 11th Infantry Battalion
Born: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, October 1892
Home Town: Wagin, Wagin, Western Australia
Schooling: State School, Victoria
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in action, Gallipoli - Shell Green, 1 August 1915
Cemetery: Shell Green Cemetery
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Bridgetown Honor Roll, Wagin & District Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

18 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1782, 11th Infantry Battalion, 88th Battalion 1 year
19 Apr 1915: Involvement Private, SN 1782, 11th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
19 Apr 1915: Embarked Private, SN 1782, 11th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Argyllshire, Fremantle

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From: In Remembrance: Hungerford and Associated Families in the Great War 1914-1918

HUNGERFORD, William
Regimental Number:   1782
Unit Name:   11th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement

Religion:   Methodist

Occupation:   Labourer

Address:   'Burnt Oak Farm', Arthur River, Wagin, WA

Age of Enlistment:   22 years and 3 months                 

Enlistment Date and Place:   18 January 1915, Perth, WA

Next of Kin:   Father, Francis Robert Hungerford, 'Burnt Oak Farm', Arthur River, Wagin, WA

Rank on Enlistment:   Private

Embarkation Details:   Unit embarked from Fremantle, WA, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire, 19 April 1915

Rank from Nominal Roll:   Private

Unit from Nominal Roll:   11th Battalion

Other Details from Roll of Honour Circular:   'Best shot in his regiment'.

Campaigns Served:   Egypt; Gallipoli

War Service:  4 June 1915, Taken on Strength from

4th Reinforcements, to 'B' Company, 11th Battalion, AIF.

Fate:   Killed in action, 1 August 1915. (Although it appears from the reports below that he was actually killed on 31 July 1915), in the attack of Turkish Despair Works.

Note: Informant states that Hungerford was killed in July whilst taking a Turkish trench at the Shrapnel Green, where he was buried and a cross erected. Hungerford was the best shot in the 4th Reinforcements and was a very keen soldier.

Ref: W. J. Luckie, 4th A.I.F. C.Co, Al Hayat Hospital, Helouan.

Note: Another report states: (Missing since about 2nd week in July. Believed Killed.) In the attack on Leans Trench in the first week in August about 10 yards outside the Trench they were tripped up by wire, Hungerford was hit all over by machine gun fire, and Waters, the man on the other side was killed too, but informant kept sown (sic) till clear of wire and was not hit. This occurred about 10.30 pm. Hungerford was buried two days after.

Ref: Cpl. H. Childs, 1737, 11th A.I.F. B.Coy, Montazah Convalescent Home.

 Note:  He belonged to the 4th Reinforcement and was killed about the end of July, during the taking of Leans Post. He was left in the trenches until about 4.p.m. the next day, when his body was taken out by the pioneers and buried at the rear of the lines. I saw him personally.

Ref: 1789 Pte. J.H.D. Lang, 11.Battalion A.I.F., Luna Park Hospital, Heliopolis, Cairo

Note:...from near Bunbury, known as Billy, tall, thin, about 23 or 24, single, dark, he was killed about 10.p.m. on July 31 in a charge taking what is know as Lean's Trench on right centre of Anzac. Witness saw body, and helped bring it in. He was of opinion deceased was hit by machine gun, and also by shrapnel.

Ref: Pte. D. O'Neil 1811, B.Coy, 11 A.I.F. -Malta, Ghain Tuffieha, 27 November 1915 

Place of Death:   1 August 1915, Shell Green, Gallipoli, Turkey

Place of Burial:   Shell Green Cemetery (Plot II, Row G, Grave No. 29), Gallipoli, Turkey. Buried by T. G. Robertson. This is about 1150 yards south of Anzac Cove.

Panel Number Roll of Honour AWM:   62

Medals/Citations:   1914/15 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal  

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