William Henry CONNELL

CONNELL, William Henry

Service Number: 50849
Enlisted: 14 February 1918
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 35th Infantry Battalion
Born: Forbes, New South Wales, Australia, 9 November 1887
Home Town: Forbes, Forbes, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Pneumonia, 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom, 6 June 1919, aged 31 years
Cemetery: Tidworth Military Cemetery, England
Tidworth Military Cemetery Row C, Grave 377 Chaplain R.J. Rowell officiated, Tidworth Military Cemetery, Tidworth, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

14 Feb 1918: Enlisted AIF WW1
8 May 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 50849, 1st to 15th (NSW) Reinforcements, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '20' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: RMS Osterley embarkation_ship_number: '' public_note: ''
8 May 1918: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 50849, 1st to 15th (NSW) Reinforcements, RMS Osterley, Sydney
6 Jun 1919: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 50849, 35th Infantry Battalion, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 50849 awm_unit: 35th Australian Infantry Battalion awm_rank: Private awm_died_date: 1919-06-06

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland

Died on this date – 6th June.... Private William Henry Connell was born at Forbes, New South Wales, Australia in 1887. He married Mabel Rose Stone (nee Hogan) in 1918 in the district of Burwood, Sydney, NSW.

William Henry Connell enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 14th February, 1918 as a 30 year old, married, Labourer from Forbes, NSW.

Private William Henry Connell embarked from Sydney, NSW on RMS Osterley on 8th May, 1918 with the 1st New South Wales Reinforcements. He was admitted to Ship’s Isolation Hospital in 12th May, 1918 while at Sea as a V.D patient & discharged from Ship’s Isolation Hospital on 10th June, 1918. He disembarked at Liverpool, England on 10th July, 1918 & was posted to 5th Training Battalion on 11th July, 1918.

Private Connell was allotted to 20th Battalion Reinforcements from 11th July, 1918 whilst at 5th Training Battalion. He was transferred to Reinforcements of 35th Battalion – 9th Training Battalion at Fovant, Wiltshire on 26th July, 1918.
Private Connell proceeded overseas to France via Folkestone on 24th October, 1918 from 9th Training Battalion, Fovant, Wiltshire. He joined 35th Battalion in France on 29th October, 1918.

Private Connell was admitted to Field Ambulance on 23rd April, 1919 then admitted to 3rd Australian General Hospital in France with VD. He was transferred to England on 25th April, 1919 on Hospital Ship Panama admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, Wiltshire.

Private Connell was transferred to Military Hospital at Bulford, Wiltshire on 2nd June, 1919 with Pneumonia & was reported as dangerously & seriously ill.

Private William Henry Connell died at 05.10 hrs on 6th June, 1919 at 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, Wiltshire, England from Pneumonia.

He was buried in in Tidworth Military Cemetery, Wiltshire, England where 172 other WW1 Australian War Graves are located.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)



35 Battalion

Rank - Private

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Husband of Mabel Rose Connell, Parramatta Road, Burwood, Sydney, New South Wales