William BICKFORD

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BICKFORD, William

Service Number: 815
Enlisted: 12 September 1914
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 14th Infantry Battalion
Born: Ravenswood, Victoria, Australia, October 1892
Home Town: Ravenswood, Greater Bendigo, Victoria
Schooling: Ravenswood State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in action, Bullecourt, France, 11 April 1917
Cemetery: Queant Road Cemetery, Buissy
Plot I, Row G, Grave No. 4
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ravenswood State School Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

12 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 815, 14th Infantry Battalion
13 Sep 1914: Involvement Private, SN 815, 14th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
22 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 815, 14th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '11' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Ulysses embarkation_ship_number: A38 public_note: ''
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 815, 14th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
15 Aug 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 815, 14th Infantry Battalion, RTA for discharge due to stiffness in left forearm. Returned to duty 15 December 1915 (Melb).
18 Feb 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 815, 14th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '11' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Ballarat embarkation_ship_number: A70 public_note: ''
8 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 815, 14th Infantry Battalion, Mouquet Farm
30 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 815, 14th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
1 Sep 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 14th Infantry Battalion
24 Mar 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 14th Infantry Battalion
11 Apr 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 815, 14th Infantry Battalion, Bullecourt (First)
11 Apr 1917: Involvement Corporal, SN 815, 14th Infantry Battalion

A postcard to his mother

William sent a postacrd to his mother that was in the form of a photo of his mate Jim Johnson - James Bassett Johnson also of the 14th - my Grandfather

That photo of my Grandfather is now with us thanks to the Bickford family.

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Biography contributed by Robert Wight

Brother of:

SN 1518 Cpl Robert John Bickford MID, 21st Btn (DOW 12 Jan 1917);

SN 1519 Edward Bickford 21st Btn (KIA 26 Aug 1916) &

SN 716 Lce Cpl Nicholas Bickford 6th Btn (RTA 1919).