William Ernest AUHL


AUHL, William Ernest

Service Number: 2463
Enlisted: 4 March 1915, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: Army Medical Corps (AIF)
Born: Geelong, Victoria, Australia, October 1885
Home Town: Morang, Whittlesea, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Pozières, France, 23 July 1916
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

4 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2463, Melbourne, Victoria
11 Dec 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 2463, 2nd Field Company Engineers, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
11 Dec 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 2463, 2nd Field Company Engineers, RMS Mooltan, Sydney
23 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2463, Army Medical Corps (AIF), Battle for Pozières

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"...2463 Private William Ernest Auhl, 12th Reinforcements, 2nd Field Company Engineers, of South Morang, Vic. Pte Auhl enlisted on 4 May 1915 and embarked aboard RMS Mooltan in Sydney on 11 December 1915. Pte Auhl was transferred to the Australian Army Medical Corps on 28 April 1916 but remained attached to the 2nd Field Company Engineers as a medical detail. On 23 July 1916 he was killed in action at Pozieres, France. His death is commemorated at the Villers Bretonneux Memorial in France. Note that he is wearing the Red Cross badge which denotes that he is a member of the Australian Army Medical Corps." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

"Very much regret was felt when the news came through of the death of Private W. E. Auhl, second son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Auhl, of South Morang, who was killed in action in France on the 23rd July. Only a few days before the news of his death came through, his brother, T. Auhl, had arrived back from the front wounded; and great pleasure was expressed at his return; but the joy was saddened by the news of his brother's death. Pte. Auhl was formerly in the Army Medical Corps, but seeing no hope of getting away in that corps for some time he joined the Engineers, and was with them when he met his death." - from the Northcote Leader 26 Aug 1916 (nla.gov.au)