William George KENT

KENT, William George

Service Number: 3048
Enlisted: 16 June 1915
Last Rank: Second Corporal
Last Unit: 11th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Kent, England, 1892
Home Town: Port Adelaide, Port Adelaide Enfield, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Railway Signalman
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World War 1 Service

16 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3048, 10th Infantry Battalion
14 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3048, 10th Infantry Battalion
14 Sep 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3048, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ballarat, Adelaide
23 Dec 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 11th Field Artillery Brigade
4 Sep 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Second Corporal , SN 3048, 11th Field Artillery Brigade , Discharged at London.

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Biography contributed by Saint Ignatius' College

William Kent was at the age of 23 when he enlisted for the war. He was 5 foot 6.75 and he weighed 135 pounds. He had brown eyes and dark brown hair. His religious denomination was the Church of England. He was not married however his next of kin was his mother: Mrs Elizabeth Kent, who still lived in England. Prior to the war, his occupation was a railway signalman. Kent enlisted on 16 June 1915 and he embarked on 14 September 1915 from Adelaide, Australia on the HMAT A70 Ballarat.       

William was initially part of the 10th Infantry Battalion. However, he was briefly transferred to the 50th Battalion when he reached Egypt, on 29 February 1916, before moving into a succession of artillery units: the 24th Howitzer Brigade, the 4th Divisional Artillery Column (in which he served most of 1916 in France) and, from the end of 1916, the 11th Field Artillery Brigade, in which he served almost to the end of the war. William avoided being wounded, but spent some time sick or on leave away from his unit. He was demobilised in London in September 1919 and did not return to Australia with the AIF.

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