William Raymond BILSON MM

BILSON, William Raymond

Service Number: 5973
Enlisted: 22 January 1916, 19th Reinforcements 7th Battalion
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 38th Infantry Battalion
Born: Sheffield, Tasmania, Australia, 27 May 1890
Home Town: Morwell, Latrobe, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Footscray, Victoria, Australia, 29 January 1959, aged 68 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Kentish Municipality Honour Roll Mural
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World War 1 Service

22 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 5973, 19th Reinforcements 7th Battalion
28 Jul 1916: Involvement Private, SN 5973, 7th Infantry Battalion
28 Jul 1916: Embarked Private, SN 5973, 7th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Melbourne
23 Sep 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 37th Infantry Battalion
14 Jun 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 5973, 37th Infantry Battalion, GSW left arm
10 Feb 1918: Honoured Military Medal, 10 February 1918 • Military Medal for 'conspicuous services'. London Gazette 29 March 1918 ... during a raid on the enemy trenches on 10th February 1918, he displayed the utmost courage and the highest qualities of leadership ... In spite of determined enemy opposition, he led his party to its objective and inspired them all ..."
21 Sep 1918: Transferred Private, 38th Infantry Battalion
20 Feb 1919: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 5973, 38th Infantry Battalion, per Orca
15 May 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 5973, 38th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Chris Buckley

William was the seventh of ten children of William James Bilson (born 1855 in Rubicon, Tasmania) and Elizabeth Mary Butler (born 1857 in Rubicon, Tasmania), William and Elizabeth married in 1977 in Port Sorrell in Tasmania and far,ed there before settling with their family in Gippsland, Victoria.

William was a Farmer at Mirboo in Gippsland, Victoria in 1915 when he married Lillian May Crole (born 1894 in Warragul, Victoria). William enlisted in Melbourne, Victoria 1916 in the AIF and served as a Private (Service No: 5973), He was WIA at Boulogne in France in September 1916, and was awarded the Military Medal in February 1918 'for conspicuous services. William was Discharged in May 1919. Younger brother John Henry also served in the AIF (Service No: 10974).

Following WWI, William and Lillian raised their family in Bairnsedale, Gippsland, Victoria where William was a Farmer until 1928 when they moved to Orbost in Gippsland and William worked as a Labourer.

In March 1942 William enlisted with the ACMF and served with 14 Volunteer Defence Corps as a Private (Service No: V365020) until September 1945. Son Ronald Edwin served in WWII with the Australian Army 3/33 Australian Infantry Battalion as a Private (Service No: V265275).

William died in 1959 and Lillian in 1987