William Herbert READ


READ, William Herbert

Service Number: 2725
Enlisted: 7 July 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Caurnamont, River Murray, South Australia, 13 March 1891
Home Town: Eurelia, Orroroo/Carrieton, South Australia
Schooling: Purnong Public School, South Australia
Occupation: Telegraph operator
Died: Illness, London, England, 22 January 1917, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Southall (Havelock) Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Mannum War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

7 Jul 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2725, 50th Infantry Battalion
23 Oct 1916: Involvement Private, SN 2725, 50th Infantry Battalion
23 Oct 1916: Embarked Private, SN 2725, 50th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Port Melbourne, Adelaide

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

Regret was expressed in the Eurelia district when news was received of the death of Pte. W. H. Read, third son of Mr. and Mrs. Read, of Mannum. Pte. Read was porter at the local railway station for about three years. His genial and obliging disposi
tion made him popular. Pte. Read resigned his position in the S.A. railway service to take up a position as operating porter on the East-West Railway, where be remained for almost a year. He enlisted on June 9, and sailed for the front on October 23. He was taken ill shortly after arriving in England, and was sent to a London Hospital on January 15 suffering from pneumonia, which in addition to heart failure, caused his death on January 25. Two brothers, Ptes. C. H. and R. S. Read are serving with the forces

LATE PTE. W. H. READ. (1917, February 8). The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), p. 6. Retrieved March 18, 2018, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article59900909