William James RITCHIE

Badge Number: S3738

RITCHIE, William James

Service Number: 3617
Enlisted: 19 April 1916, at Adelaide
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Port Gawler, South Australia, 6 March 1872
Home Town: Woodville, Charles Sturt, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Natural Causes, Rosewater, SA, 2 February 1951, aged 78 years
Cemetery: Cheltenham Cemetery, South Australia
Memorials: Dublin Lower Light Methodist Honor Roll, Dublin War Memorial, Mallala District of Grace WW1 Roll of Honor, Mallala Two Wells Pictorial Honour Roll 2
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World War 1 Service

19 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 3617, 32nd Infantry Battalion, at Adelaide
12 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, 3617, 32nd Infantry Battalion
12 Aug 1916: Embarked Private, 3617, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ballarat, Adelaide
15 Jun 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 3617, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Shoulder wound
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Private, 3617
25 May 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 3617, 32nd Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Adelaide Botanic High School

Son of James Balls RITCHIE and Rhoda nee RISEBOROUGH of Russell Street, Finsbury Park, Woodville, SA

William James Ritchie, born March 1872, of Woodville, South Australia – farmer, soldier, husband. He joined the Australian Imperial Forces, on the 19th of April 1916, at age 44, going from being a hard working farmer to a brave soldier. He embarked Adelaide on the 12th of August 1916, to join up with the 32nd Battalion in France.

He fought in France through 1917 and the first half of 1918, until he was wounded in the shoulder on 15th June 1918. This saw him transferred to a hospital in Weymouth, England, for convalescence. After recovering he was not regarded as fit for further action, and so was sent home. He was honourably discharged on the 25th May 1919.

Upon return to South Australia he married Emma Maud on the 16th of October 1920. William died on the 2nd of February 1951 and he remains buried at Cheltenham Cemetery, Port Road, Cheltenham, South Australia.