William James (Billy) WYE

WYE, William James

Service Numbers: 184, 151
Enlisted: 15 September 1915, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 1st Remount Unit (AIF)
Born: Morses Creek, Victoria, 16 July 1866
Home Town: Beechworth, Indigo, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Horse trainer/Bush poet
Died: Natural causes, Albury, New South Wales, 23 October 1952, aged 86 years
Cemetery: Albury General Cemetery, NSW
Memorials: Beechworth Shire WW1 Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

15 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 184, Melbourne, Victoria
12 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 184, 1st Remount Unit (AIF), Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
12 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 184, 1st Remount Unit (AIF), HMAT Orsova, Melbourne
5 Dec 1916: Discharged AIF WW1, Trooper, 184, 1st Remount Unit (AIF)
18 May 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 151, Melbourne, Victoria
22 Oct 1920: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 151, 3rd District Guard (home service)

Help us honour William James Wye's service by contributing information, stories, and images so that they can be preserved for future generations.

Biography contributed by Dianne Carroll

"After his death his biographical manuscript, along with a suitcase full of photographs and literature, disappeared from the ramshackle dwelling of the Wanderers Club, his home! This has been a major loss to Australia’s Heritage as it was about the life of a man who had the wanderlust in his veins which took him throughout Australia, recording the years through poems and verse. After years of research, single verses and stories, hand-written documents and letters, records and photos which have now created The Billy Wye Collection.

...One of our great heroes of Australian Literature and finally, may he be placed in the history books along with his counterparts.

...William James Wye was a poet of great merit, a man of whom The Bulletin said, in the 1920s, "Mr Wye is probably the greatest of all horse poets, greater than Henry Lawson!" - Dianne Carroll OAM via Amazon Books (www.amazon.com)