William Francis (Baum) BAUMGARTNER

BAUMGARTNER, William Francis

Service Number: 371
Enlisted: 22 October 1914
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 5th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Mackay, Queensland, Australia, 1886
Home Town: Mackay, Mackay, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Butcher
Died: Accident. , near Toogoolawah, Queensland, Australia, 6 January 1928
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Glenella State School WW1 Roll of Honour, Mackay Old Town Hall Honour Roll, Marian Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

22 Oct 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 371, 5th Light Horse Regiment
21 Dec 1914: Involvement Private, 371, 5th Light Horse Regiment
21 Dec 1914: Embarked Private, 371, 5th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Persic, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

A second fatality occurred on the Harlen-Toowoomba road, at 6.45 this evening, the victim being William F. Baumgartner, 42 years of age. Baumgartner had been engaged hauling timber at Manumbar, near Goomeri, and
had accompanied D. F. Laughlin and another man named Bell on a 4-ton motor lorry, which was proceeding from Manumbar to Brisbane with a load of timber. Laughlin was driving the lorry, which, when it reached the spot known as the Gap, gained considerable speed down hill. While Laughlin was attempting to slow down the vehicle, Baumgartner either fell or jumped from the Vehicle, and apparently striking the side of the embankment, was thrown under the rear wheel of the truck. He was dragged for some distance, and when found by Bell was in a dying condition, his body, having been terribly mutilated. Bell walked a considerable distance to communicate with the Toogoolawah Ambulance Brigade, which later conveyed the body into town. Very little is known of the relatives of the deceased,but papers in his possession showed that he was a returned soldier, having served with the 7th Light Horse during the war.