William George SYMS

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SYMS, William George

Service Number: 938
Enlisted: 15 February 1915, Keswick Barracks Adelaide
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Crystal Brook, South Australia, 17 April 1896
Home Town: Clements Gap, Barunga West, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Died of wounds, France, 5 June 1918, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Vignacourt British Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Port Broughton War Memorial, Port Pirie Oval WW1 Memorial Gates
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World War 1 Service

15 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 938, 27th Infantry Battalion, Keswick Barracks Adelaide
31 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 938, 27th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '15' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Geelong embarkation_ship_number: A2 public_note: ''
16 Oct 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 938, 27th Infantry Battalion
5 Jun 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 938, 27th Infantry Battalion, "Peaceful Penetration - Low-Cost, High-Gain Tactics on the Western Front"

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Biography contributed by tony griffin

William George Syms was the son of James and Clara Anna Bertha (nee Johns) of Clements Gap. William was born at Crystal Brook in 1896. A farmer, William was 21 years old when he enlisted at Keswick on 15 February 1915.

He was posted to the 27th Battalion and embarked aboard HMAT A2 “Geelong” on 31 May. William was taken on strength of the 27th Battalion and allocated to D Company. The 27th Battalion landed at Gallipoli on 4-12th September 1915. After the withdrawal from Gallipoli, the Battalion einforced and retrained before embarking from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force in France, via Marseilles.  They were engaged at Pozieres and Mouquet Farm August to September before moving to Belgium.  The 27th Battalion was fighting in Belgium when William reported ill with impetigo and was admitted to hospital. On 14 October 1916 he was evacuated to England and admitted to Norfolk War Hospital. Recovered from illness, William proceeded overseas to France on 22 May 1918 and rejoined his battalion on 1 June. Three days later, on 4 June, William received a bullet wound to his head and was admitted to 61st Casualty Clearing Station but died at 5p.m. the following day.

William is buried in the Vignacourt British Cemetery, France.

 

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