William George Vincent WILLIAMS

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WILLIAMS, William George Vincent

Service Number: 294
Enlisted: 4 August 1914, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Able Seaman
Last Unit: Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force
Born: Richmond, Victoria, 24 November 1886
Home Town: Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Melbourne City Council employee
Died: Died of Wounds (German sniper), Rabaul, German New Guinea, 11 September 1914, aged 27 years
Cemetery: Rabaul (Bita Paka) War Cemetery, Papua New Guinea
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

4 Aug 1914: Enlisted Royal Australian Naval Reserve, Able Seaman, SN 294, Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force, Melbourne, Victoria
19 Aug 1914: Embarked Royal Australian Naval Reserve, Able Seaman, SN 294, Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force, HMAT Berrima, Melbourne
11 Sep 1914: Involvement Royal Australian Naval Reserve, Able Seaman, SN 294, Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force, German New Guinea

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

 

First Australian serving in Australian Forces to lose his life in the Great War 

"...294 Able Seaman William George Vincent Williams, AN&MEF. The first recorded Australian casualty of the First World War, AB Williams died on 11 September 1914 on HMAT Berrima, after receiving wounds from German sniper fire during the seizure of a German wireless station at Rabaul, New Britain. Born in Richmond, Vic, on 24 November 1885, Williams was a Melbourne City Council employee prior to his enlistment in the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (AN&MEF)." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au) (www.awm.gov.au)

"William G. V. Williams, A.B. 

Killed in the action at Herbertshohe on Friday. Williams, who was 28 years of age, was a Victorian, and was the support of his mother, Mrs. B. Robinson, who lives at 26 Beaver-road, Northcote, Melbourne. He went to sea as a boy, and became an able seaman on the steamer Westralla. He served also on the Loongana and the Paloona. He was well known on the watersides of Sydney and Hobart as well as in Melbourne. He quitted the sea some time ago, and found employment in Melbourne City Corporation Electric Works. He was a member of the Royal Australian Navy Reserve, and had done more than the four of the five years' service, which was covered by his enlistment. He had one more drill to attend for the completion of his service. when he was ordered on for sign duty. He was one of the best rifle and revolver shots, in the brigade, and was generally known as a plucky, vigorous, and athletic man. 

MELBOURNE, Monday.

When the employees of the Electric Supply Works reached the power-house this morning for work they lined up in the yards and stood bareheaded while the siren was blown as a mark of sorrow for the death of their comrade, W. G. V. Williams, R.A.N.R., killed in action in New Britain." - from the Sydney Sun 14 Sep 1914 (nla.gov.au) (nla.gov.au)

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