William Lewis POWELL


POWELL, William Lewis

Service Number: 1034
Enlisted: 4 January 1915
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 3rd Light Horse Regiment
Born: Peterborough (Formerly Petersburg), South Australia, 23 August 1989
Home Town: Medindie, Walkerville, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Railway Fireman
Died: Pneumonia, Egypt, 26 October 1918
Cemetery: Port Said War Memorial Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Gilberton Soldiers Memorial Swimming Reserve
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World War 1 Service

4 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1034, 3rd Light Horse Regiment
23 Jun 1915: Involvement Private, SN 1034, 3rd Light Horse Regiment
23 Jun 1915: Embarked Private, SN 1034, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Borda, Adelaide
26 Oct 1918: Involvement Trooper, SN 1034, 3rd Light Horse Regiment

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Biography contributed by Nicholas Egan

Margaret Phillips

Club Historian Gilberton Amateur Swimming Club Inc.


Powell proceeded to join the British Expeditionary Forces in Gallipoli and disembarked at Alexandria. He transferred to the battalion Machine Gun Squadron on 10/1/1916 but admitted to hospital at El Gaar on 17/2/1916 with Pyrexia.

On 1/3/1916 was taken on strength 1 st Light Horse Reserve Regiment at Heliopolis and returned to duty at Tel-el- Kebir on 21/3/1916.

On 14/6/1916 Powell was charged with “conduct to the predjudice of good order and military discipline in that he was warned to proceed with draft to service unit and was absent from parade’

On 19/6/1916 at Tel-el Kebir, Powell was charged with “disobedience of orders given by a superior officer.” He was awarded 3 days BB and forfeited one day pay.

He was taken on strength in 1 st Double Squadron at Serapeum and later rejoined his regiment in Romani on 14/9/1916.

On 5/10/1916 he was admitted to hospital with Varicocele and discharged two months later and then transferred to Brigade headquarters in December.

On 24/10/1918 he was admitted to the 14 th Australian General Hospital and died two days later with malignant Malaria and Pnuemonia.