William Polding RYAN


RYAN, William Polding

Service Number: 1520
Enlisted: 21 July 1915, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 31st Infantry Battalion
Born: Dunbible, New South Wales, 4 April 1896
Home Town: Crystal Creek, Tweed, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 19 July 1916, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery
I A 2, Pheasant Wood Military Cemetery, Fromelles, Lille, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Murwillumbah War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

21 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 1520, 31st Infantry Battalion, Brisbane, Queensland
5 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 1520, 31st Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
5 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 1520, 31st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Bakara, Melbourne
30 May 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 31st Infantry Battalion
19 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 1520, 31st Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Patrick Polding RYAN
Of Upper Crystal Creek, Tweed River, NSW

RYAN.—In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Sergeant William Polding Ryan, killed in action in France, July 19, 1916 ; aged 20 years and 3 months.

A young life nobly ended,
In Fleurbaix they have laid him,
Our soldier so brave and so true,
He fought tor freedom and liberty,
And died 'neath the Red, White and Blue

Inserted by his sorrowing parents,
brothers and sisters, Crystal Creek.