William Pendennis DEVONSHIRE DSO, MID

DEVONSHIRE, William Pendennis

Service Numbers: Officer, S68279
Enlisted: 16 April 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Last Unit: 2nd (NSW) Battalion VDC
Born: Northcote, VIC, 19 September 1884
Home Town: Prospect, Prospect, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: South Australia, 1 June 1971, aged 86 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: North Road Cemetery, Nailsworth, S.A.
Memorials: Prospect Roll of Honour A-G WWI Board, Prospect St Cuthbert's Church Honour Board, Walkerville St. Andrew's Anglican Church Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

16 Apr 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
31 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide
31 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, 27th Infantry Battalion
12 Mar 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Major, SN Officer, 27th Infantry Battalion
11 Nov 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Colonel, 27th Infantry Battalion

World War 2 Service

8 Apr 1942: Involvement Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Lieutenant Colonel, SN S68279, 2nd (NSW) Battalion VDC
8 Apr 1942: Involvement Lieutenant Colonel, SN S68279, 2nd (SA) Battalion VDC
8 Apr 1942: Enlisted Adelaide, SA
8 Apr 1942: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Lieutenant Colonel, SN S68279, 2nd (NSW) Battalion VDC
15 Feb 1946: Discharged Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Lieutenant Colonel, SN S68279, 2nd (NSW) Battalion VDC
15 Feb 1946: Discharged

World War 1 Service

Date unknown: Wounded 27th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

"CAPT. W. P. DEVONSHIRE, D.S.O.

Capt. William Pendennis Devonshire, who has been made a companion of the Distinguished Service Order (the announcement and details of which honour appeared in the cable messages on Wednesday), is a son of Mr. W. H. Devonshire, of North Adelaide, and his home is at Harrington street, Prospect. He celebrated the thirty second anniversary of his birth on September 19. He was formerly a second lieutenant in the 78th Infantry Regiment, and, volunteering for active service early in the war, was sent away with a metropolitan battalion on May 31, 1915. After a period of training in Egypt his proficiency with the rifle earned him a place on Gallipoli in charge of a band of snipers, and he was mentioned in despatches for his work against the Turks. In his later sphere he was recently promoted to a captaincy. Capt. Devonshire married Miss E. M. Barnes, of Norwood, and has one son. A brother, Mr. Guy Devonshire, recently passed the examinations at Duntroon Military College, and was given his commission as a lieutenant." - from the Adelaide Register 29 Sep 1916 (nla.gov.au)

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