William Charles ADDEMS

ADDEMS, William Charles

Service Number: 6702
Enlisted: 1 February 1916, Cootamundra, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 29th Infantry Battalion
Born: Mount Gambier, South Australia, 26 November 1890
Home Town: Mount Gambier, Mount Gambier, South Australia
Schooling: Mount Gambier Public School, South Australia
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Tuberculosis, 4th London Convalescing Hospital, Denmark Hill, England, United Kingdom, 7 August 1917, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Brookwood Military Cemetery, Pirbright, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Plot XI, Row D, Grave 9 Interred on the 8 August 1917. Army Chaplain B.C. Wilson officiated. Funeral directors were Thos. Vigers of London, England and the coffin was made of good polished elm Headstone inscription reads: He gave his life for King and Country Resting in God
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Mount Gambier Knight & Cleve Pictorial Honour Rolls, Mount Gambier War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

1 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 6702, Cootamundra, New South Wales
17 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 6702, 14th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '11' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: SS Port Napier embarkation_ship_number: '' public_note: ''
17 Nov 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 6702, 14th Infantry Battalion, SS Port Napier, Sydney
15 Apr 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 29th Infantry Battalion, From 14th Battalion
7 Aug 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 6702, 29th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 6702 awm_unit: 29th Australian Infantry Battalion awm_rank: Private awm_died_date: 1917-08-07

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of Alfred Addems and Ellizabeth Addems nee Taylor of Vansittart Park, Mt Gambier, SA. Brother of Harold Basil Addems who returned to Australia on 9 July 1919 having served with the 2nd Light Horse Brigade Machine Gun Squadron, Percival Edwin Addems who returned to Australia on 9 December 1918 having served with the 5th Pioneer Battalion, Alfred Addems, Blanche Lessette Addems, Gertrude Lucy Annie Addems and Raymond King Addems

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal


Mt Gambier Pictoria lHonour Roll RH Panel #92


Son of Alfred ADDEMS and Elizabeth nee TAYLOR

Biography contributed by Cathy Sedgwick

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

Died on this date – 7th August…… William Charles Addems was born at Mount Gambier, South Australia on 26th November, 1890.

He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 1st February, 1916 at Cootamundra, New South Wales as a 25 year old, single, Labourer from Mount Gambier, South Australia.

Private William Charles Addems, Service number 6702, embarked from Sydney, New South Wales on SS Port Napier on 17th November, 1916 with the 14th Infantry Battalion, 22nd Reinforcements & disembarked at Devonport, England on 29th January, 1917.

Reinforcements were only given basic training in Australia. Training was completed in training units in England. Some of these were located in the Salisbury Plain & surrounding areas in the county of Wiltshire.

On 30th January, 1917 Private Addems was marched in to 4th Training Battalion at Codford, Wiltshire.

He proceeded overseas to France via Folkestone on 20th March, 1917 from 4th Training Battalion, Codford. He was marched in to 4th A.D.B.D. (Australian Divisional Base Depot) at Etaples, France on 21st March, 1917.

Private William Charles Addems was allotted to & proceeded to join 29th Battalion on 11th April, 1917. He was taken on strength of 29th Battalion on 15th April, 1917 in the Field.

On 8th July, 1917 Private Addems reported sick. He was admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance on 8th July, 1917 with Bronchitis. Private Addems was transferred to 56th Casualty Clearing Station on 8th July, 1917 then on 12th July, 1917 he was transferred to 28 Ambulance Train. He was admitted to 1st General Hospital at Etretat, France on 13th July, 1917. Private Addems was transferred to England on Hospital Ship Kalyam on 18th July, 1917.

He was admitted to 4th London General Hospital, Denmark Hill, London, England on 20th July, 1917 with T.B.

Private William Charles Addems died at 1.10 pm on 7th August, 1917 at 4th London General Hospital, Denmark Hill, London, England from 1. Unresolved Inflammation of upper lobe right lung & 2. Operation for release of Heart Failure.

He was buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey, England where around 360 other WW1 Australian War Graves are located.


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