William John BISHOP

BISHOP, William John

Service Number: 49
Enlisted: 26 November 1915, Rockhampton, Queensland
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: 1st Tunnelling Company (inc. 4th Tunnelling Company)
Born: Truro, England, 1853
Home Town: Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Miner
Died: Natural causes, Brisbane, Queensland, 31 May 1940
Cemetery: Toowong (Brisbane General) Cemetery
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World War 1 Service

26 Nov 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 49, Rockhampton, Queensland
20 Feb 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 49, Mining Corps, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Feb 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 49, Mining Corps, HMAT Ulysses, Sydney
14 Oct 1917: Discharged AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 49, 1st Tunnelling Company (inc. 4th Tunnelling Company)

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

Son of Simon Bishop and Jane James

Stated to be 49 year of age at enlistment in 1915, but apparently aged 62 at the time.

His discharge was approved after his commanding officer stated that he had  given "twelve months' service in the field having never been off duty, but is now feeling his years... I personally know that when he offered his services in Australia he did so simply to set an example which had a good effect on recruiting in his district. His four sons have also joined up, two have been wounded. Sapper Bishop has at all times shown dedication to duty and set a fine example for the younger men.." - Major James Douglas Henry (/explore/people/279665)