William Thomas WILLMOTT

WILLMOTT, William Thomas

Service Number: 2788
Enlisted: 4 September 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Rose Park, South Australia, 9 July 1899
Home Town: Rose Park, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Butcher
Died: Died of wounds, Rouen, France, 30 April 1918, aged 18 years
Cemetery: St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen
Section P, Plot XI, Row J, Grave 16A, St Sever Cemetery Extension, Haute-Normandie, France
Memorials: Burnside District Fallen Soldiers' Memorial - Rose Park, Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Burnside & District - Fallen Soldiers Memorial Trees - Rose Park
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World War 1 Service

4 Sep 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2788, Adelaide, South Australia
6 Nov 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2788, 50th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '19' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Afric embarkation_ship_number: A19 public_note: ''
24 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2788, 50th Infantry Battalion, Polygon Wood
29 Apr 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 2788, 50th Infantry Battalion, Dernancourt/Ancre, GSW (back) Died of Wounds

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Biography contributed by Julianne Ryan

Born 9 July 1899 in Rose Park, South Australia
(SA Births 1842 - 1906 Book: 643 Page: 295 District: Nor.)

Father Sydney WILLMOTT and Mother Helena Clara Willmott (nee NOLAN),
lived at Kensington Road, Rose Park, South Australia
he lived with his parents prior to enlisting.

Previous service:   4 years Senior Cadets with 79th Battalion (still serving on enlistmen)

Described on enlisting as 18 years 1 month of age, single, 5' 6.5" tall;
fresh complexion; blue eyes; fair hair; Roman Catholic

04/09/1916  Enlisted in Adelaide, SA

06/11/1916  Embarked from Outer Harbour onboard HMAT Afric (A19)
                   as a Private with 50th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
09/01/1917  disembarked into Plymouth, England

He embarked with his two mates Private 2783 Wilfred Baden Powell and Private 2786
William Alfred Stevens, both with the 50th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement.

Pte Willmott trained in England with the 13th Training Battalion before proceeding
to France to join his battalion on the Western Front near Armentieres.

06/08/1917  proceeded overseas to France, ex Folkestone, England

25/08/1917  taken on strength of 50th Infantry Battalion

25/04/1918  gun shot wound to back, received in action near Villers-Bretonneux
                   2/5 Field Ambulance in France
                   admitted and transferred to 5th Casualty Clearing Station
                   evacuated to No.11 Stationary Hospital in Rouen, France.

30/04/1918  He died of these wounds.

buried in:     St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France
                   Section P, Plot XI, Row J, Grave 16A

His name is commemorated on Panel 151 at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT.

Medals:        British War medal (52680), Victory medal (51880)
                   Memorial Plaque and Scroll (344626)

Submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  24/11/2016.  Lest we forget.