William Frederick John (Will) SELLEN

SELLEN, William Frederick John

Service Number: 1049
Enlisted: 28 February 1916, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 43rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Gilberton, South Australia, 13 December 1888
Home Town: Port Lincoln, Port Lincoln, South Australia
Schooling: Not known
Occupation: Engine cleaner, SAR
Died: Killed in Action, France, 19 July 1918, aged 29 years
Cemetery: Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery
(Plot XI, Row E, Grave No. 9),
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide South Australian Railways WW1 & WW2 Honour Boards, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Port Lincoln & District Honor Roll WW1, Port Lincoln Garden of Remembrance, Port Lincoln S.A.R. Eyre's Peninsula Division Roll of Honour WW1
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World War 1 Service

28 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
9 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1049, 43rd Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '18' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Afric embarkation_ship_number: A19 public_note: ''
9 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 1049, 43rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Afric, Adelaide

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

William Frederick John SELLEN was born in Gilberton, South Australia on 13th December, 1888

His parents were Walter John SELLEN and Annie DUNOW

He married Julia Victoria Emily Eliza Dora THORPE on 19th December, 1912 at the residence of the brides father, John Howard THORPE at Coomunga, South Australia


Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA: 1889 - 1931) Tuesday 13 August 1918

SELLEN.—Killed in action in France, July 19,     Private W. F. J. Sellen (Will), No. 1049, 43rd   Battalion, beloved eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. W.   J. Sellen, of Port Wakefield, aged 30 years and 6 months.

A noble hero, true and brave, 

Peacefully sleeps in a soldier's grave.