William Albert SYMINGTON

SYMINGTON, William Albert

Service Number: 2719
Enlisted: 21 July 1915
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 4th Infantry Battalion
Born: Enfield, New South Wales, Australia, 3 July 1881
Home Town: Mayfield, Waratah, New South Wales
Schooling: East Maitland Grammar School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Bank Manager
Died: Mine explosion - booby trap, Velu, France, 18 April 1917, aged 35 years
Cemetery: Lebucquiere Communal Cemetery Extension
Plot II, Row B, Grave No. 29
Memorials: Commercial Banking Company of Sydney WW1 Honour Roll, Mayfield St. Andrew's Anglican Church Lieutenant William Symington Memorial Plaque, Waratah Memorial Gates
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World War 1 Service

21 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2719, 4th Infantry Battalion
9 Aug 1915: Involvement Private, 2719, 4th Infantry Battalion
9 Aug 1915: Embarked Private, 2719, 4th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Runic, Sydney
1 Jan 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 4th Infantry Battalion
20 Jan 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 4th Infantry Battalion
23 Mar 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 4th Infantry Battalion, 25/5/1916 Quartermaster and Hon Lieut.
18 Apr 1917: Involvement Lieutenant, 4th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Mr. W. Symington, of Spencer Road, Mosman (late of Mayfield), has received word that his eldest son Lieutenant Quartermaster W. A. Symington, was killed in action in France on April 18. Lieutenant Symington and his younger brother enlisted as privates, and left for Egypt in August, 1915. They fought at Gallipoli, and were in the evacuation.

Before enlisting, Lieutenant Symington was manager of the Ganmain Branch of the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney, Limited. His brother, Corporal J. E. Symington, is now in England, recovering from wounds received in France.
Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW),
9 May 1917.