William James SIMPSON


SIMPSON, William James

Service Number: 1386
Enlisted: 15 December 1914, Oaklands, South Australia
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Dimboola, Victoria, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Hilton, City of West Torrens, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Tin Moulder
Died: Killed in Action, France, 7 August 1916, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

15 Dec 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Oaklands, South Australia
19 Feb 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1386, 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1), Battle for Pozières
19 Feb 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1386, 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1), HMAT Runic, Melbourne
7 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 1386, 48th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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On September 8, Mr. W. Simpson, of Hilton, received news that his son, Corporal William James Simpson, had been killed in action in France on August 7. He was an enthusiastic young soldier, and was very popular. At the age of 17 he enlisted for active service abroad, and fought through the Gallipoli campaign." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 16 Sep 1916 (nla.gov.au)