William John TROY


TROY, William John

Service Number: 214
Enlisted: 2 February 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 6 January 1885
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Painter
Died: Killed In Action, To Be Determined, France, 4 August 1916, aged 31 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide Christian Brothers' College WW1 Roll of Honor, Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

2 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Keswick, South Australia
31 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 214, 27th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
31 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 214, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide
4 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 214, 27th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography contributed by Mya Falco

William John Troy was a man who served for Australia in World War 1. He was a short soldier with the height of 5.7 feet corresponding with his dark coloured hair and grey eyes. William was born in Adelaide, South Australia on the 6th of January 1885 and enlisted for war on the 2nd of February 1915 in Keswick, South Australia. At the time of his enrolment to war, he was at the age of 30 but before William went as a soldier to war; his occupation was as a painter. William had a brother that also served in the war, E.M, TROY.

After enlisting for war on February 2nd, he became a private with 27th Infantry Battalion on the 31st of May 1915. The 27th Infantry Battalion was the second of the predominantly South Australia Battalions to be formed in WW1. He was assigned to the 7th brigade in the second division. Further along on the 4th of August 1916, William advanced from a private into a corporal and was in charge of 17 – 14 soldiers in the private rank. His last known unit was the 27th Infantry Battalion, as he was killed in action in France on the 4th of August 1916, 31 years of age.

Before William died, on his will he wrote that the gold chain around his neck was to go to Mrs. J. Gattorna in Tattersalls hotel, Hindley Street, Adelaide. He also left that his ring was to go to Miss Tasma Fletcher on Bowen Street, Adelaide.

William John Troy was a great soldier and survived in the bloodshed of war for one year and six months. He now lays at Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, which is a memorial, filled with Australian soldiers in Fouilloy, Somme, France.  William was a soldier who fought for Australia on his own will to defend and protect his country. He will be remembered as a tough, hardworking soldier who survived a good time in the war.