William Henry GRUMMITT

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GRUMMITT, William Henry

Service Number: 5678
Enlisted: 4 January 1916, Bundaberg, Qld.
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 4th Light Trench Mortar Battery
Born: Bundaberg, Qld., 1892
Home Town: Cordalba, Bundaberg, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Engineer
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 26 September 1917
Cemetery: Aeroplane Cemetery
III B 20,
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Childers Memorial Hall (Isis District Pictorial War Memorial), Cordalba War Memorial, Isis District Roll of Honour, Isis North State School HB, Wooroolin WW1 Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

4 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 5678, 15th Infantry Battalion, Bundaberg, Qld.
4 May 1916: Involvement Private, SN 5678, 15th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
4 May 1916: Embarked Private, SN 5678, 15th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Seang Choon, Brisbane
26 Sep 1917: Involvement Corporal, SN 5678, 4th Light Trench Mortar Battery, Third Ypres

Grummit William Henry 5678

William H Grummitt was born 24 Apr 1891 near Bundaberg, the first child of William & Susan Grummitt. By 1914 the family were living at Cordalba and William was a labourer and Horse driver per his Army record. He enlisted in the AIF on 22 Oct 1914 at Bundaberg but was discharged a month later at his own request.
Then on 4 Jan 1916 he reenlisted at Brisbane and was assigned to 15th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement. It looks like he may have been working in the Wooroolin district during 1915 for his name to be on the Wooroolin WW1 Honour Board.
William and his unit embarked from Brisbane, on board HMAT A49 Seang Choon on 4 May 1916 and proceeded overseas to France. In Feb 1917 he was transferred to 4th Light Trench Mortar Battery. Light Trench Mortar Batteries were generally deployed close to the front line so that the enemy was within range. Mortars are simple but terrifyingly effective weapons; almost as old as gunpowder itself. The mortar’s characteristic high angle trajectory suited it to trench warfare with its capacity to lob bombs right into trenches. They suffered one major drawback; their relatively short range meant they were necessarily located close to the front lines.
William was killed in Action on 29 Sep 1917 in Belgium aged 26 years. He was buried first in the field with a cross erected over the grave and later re-Interred to Aeroplane Cemetery, (Plot III, Row B, GRave No. 20), Ypres, Belgium
The Red Cross files available on the AWM website include a letter where a London photographer sent photos, taken whilst William was on leave, to France and had been returned. The letter states William had unexpectedly found his brother and they had photos taken together. James Leslie Grummitt served in the 26th Infantry Battalion and returned home in May 1919
There are memorials for William Grummitt at Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Childers Memorial Hall (Isis District Pictorial War Memorial), Cordalba War Memorial, Isis District Roll of Honour, Isis North State School HB, Wooroolin WW1 Roll of Honour and Kingaroy Honour board.
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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of William and Susan GRUMMITT, Isis, Queensland