William Angus BULL

BULL, William Angus

Service Number: 2038
Enlisted: 11 August 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 37th Infantry Battalion
Born: North Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia, March 1887
Home Town: Tarrawingee, Wangaratta, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Cerebro Spinal Meningitis, Military Hospital, Tidworth, Wiltshire, England , United Kingdom, 2 January 1917
Cemetery: Tidworth Military Cemetery, England
Tidworth Military Cemetery, Tidworth, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

11 Aug 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2038, 37th Infantry Battalion
25 Sep 1916: Involvement Private, 2038, 37th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '17' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Shropshire embarkation_ship_number: A9 public_note: ''
25 Sep 1916: Embarked Private, 2038, 37th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Shropshire, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland 

Died on this date – 2nd January…… Private William Angus Bull was born at North Wangaratta, Victoria. His birth was registered in 1887. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 13th March, 1916 as a 29 year old, single, Labourer from Tarrawingee P.O., Victoria.

Private William Angus Bull embarked from Port Melbourne, Victoria on HMAT Shropshire (A9) on 25th September, 1916 with the 10th Infantry Brigade, 37th Infantry Battalion, 3rd Reinforcements & disembarked at Plymouth, England on 11th November, 1916.

He was marched in to 3rd D.A.T.B. (Divisional Amalgamated Training Battalion) Hurdcott, Wiltshire, England on 16th November, 1916 then marched out to 10th Training Battalion, Durrington, Wiltshire on 17th November, 1916.

On 24th December, 1916 Private Bull was sent sick to Fargo Military Hospital, Wiltshire with suspected Cerebro Spinal Meningitis. He was transferred to Tidworth Military Hospital on 25th December, 1916 with Cerebro Spinal Meningitis. Private Bull was reported to be dangerously ill on 26th December, 1916.

Private William Angus Bull died on 2nd* January, 1917 at Military Hospital, Tidworth, Wiltshire, England from Cerebro Spinal Meningitis.

(*Several forms in the Service Record file have the date of death incorrectly listed as 3rd January, 1917.)
Correspondence was sent from A.I.F. Administrative Headquarters, London on 28th June, 1917 to Base Records, Melbourne to advise that two deceased soldiers had the wrong dates of death on Army Forms sent: “Army Forms B.2090a were forwarded to you on the 8th instant for the above deceased soldiers, showing dates of death as “Bull 3/1/17” and “Minock 25/1/17”. The dates shown are incorrect and should read “Bull 2/1/17” and “Minock 27/1/17”…May the forms held by you be amended, please.”

Private William Angus Bull was buried on 5th January, 1917 in Tidworth Military Cemetery, Wiltshire, England – Plot number C. 242 and has a Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone.

[NOTE: The date of death on the headstone of Private W. A. Bull is incorrect. It should be 2 January, 1917. CWGC were advised at the time of researching – May, 2021]

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)