William James MIERISCH

Badge Number: 70357, Sub Branch: Norwood

MIERISCH, William James

Service Number: 4319
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Victoria , 1 January 1875
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Brunswick College
Occupation: Public Servant
Memorials: Port Lincoln & District Honor Roll WW1, Unley Goodwood Presbyterian Church WW1 Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

7 Nov 1916: Involvement Private, SN 4319, 32nd Infantry Battalion
7 Nov 1916: Embarked Private, SN 4319, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Afric, Adelaide
11 Nov 1918: Involvement SN 4319, 32nd Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Kathleen Bambridge

Born in Victoria in 1875, he was educated in Brunswick College.  He entered the Commonwealth Public Servace, serving in both the Crown Law Department and the General Post Office.  After 21 years he retired and moved to South Australia in 1914.  He made several attempts to enlist from 1914 until 1916 when he was successful and went into camp, Exibition and Mitcham as a private. He was selected for Duntroon Military College but prefered to sail with the draft to England.  He served as Staff-Sergeant Instructor for six months at Hurdcott camp Salisbury Plains, England before he was sent to an officers school in Tidworth.  He was successful and was drafted to France with the recommendation for a commission. On join up with the 32nd battalion he was reverted to the rank of private after a stunt in the Messines Sector.  Later he was promoted on in the field to Corporal and a day later to Sergeant and a day later to Company Quatermaster Sergeant.  H e continued in the Battallion until Armistice.  He was wounded and gassed the first time at Polygon Wood, followed by two other occassions.  After the Armistic he was sent from Sars Potteries to LeHavre promoted to the rank of Warrent Officer Class 1, in in that capacity served in the 3rd Australian Reception Camp. 

On his return there was a vacancy in the Returned Servicemen's Association office at Austral Gardens where he commenced work, in late 1919 he was appointed clerk and has continued to raise through the ranks to now be appointed Secretary of the Branch in 1922. He was a member of the Fathers' Association having had a son who served in France.

In 1923 the stood for election as Vice President of the South Australia RSL.