William Howard CHRISTOPHERS

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CHRISTOPHERS, William Howard

Service Number: N60056
Enlisted: 20 May 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Major
Last Unit: Headquarters / Administrative / LoC / Training units and detachments
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 10 November 1894
Home Town: Torrensville, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Civil Servant
Died: Died of Illness, Sydney, New South Wales, 15 November 1942, aged 48 years
Cemetery: Sydney War Cemetery (Rookwood)
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Memorials: Adelaide Rowing Club Pictorial Honour Board Great War, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Officers of the 12th Battalion Pictorial HR
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World War 1 Service

20 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, Keswick, South Australia
10 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 12th Infantry Battalion, RMS Persia, Adelaide
10 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 12th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
30 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 12th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC Gallipoli
23 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 12th Infantry Battalion, Pozières
7 Jun 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, 52nd Infantry Battalion, Messines
23 Mar 1920: Discharged AIF WW1, Captain, 50th Infantry Battalion

World War 2 Service

15 Nov 1942: Involvement Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2, Major, SN N60056, Headquarters / Administrative / LoC / Training units and detachments, Homeland Defence - Militia and non deployed forces

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Biography

2nd Lieutenant William Howard Christophers, 12th Battalion was a 20 year old civil servant from Torrensville, South Australia when he enlisted on 20 May 1915.  Hi Next of Kin was listed as his father, Mr H.T. Christophers of 'Kia Ora', Taylors Road, Torresville, South AustraliaHe was a member of the Adelaide Rowing Club from whence most of this information was sourced although some corrections have been made.

He embarked for overseas with the 7th Reinforcements of the 12th Battalion from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT Persia on 10 June 1915

After seeing action at Gallipoli, he went on to serve in France where he transferred to the 52nd Battalion and was promoted to Captain.

He was wounded in action on 7 June 1917 near Messines, France and evacuated to England.

After returning to France, he was transferred to the 50th Battalion. Captain Christophers arrived back in Australia on 24 December 1919.

He also served in the Second World War with the Garrison Battalion from 1939 until his death on 15 November 1942.

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