William Edward George SALTER


SALTER, William Edward George

Service Numbers: 2256, 2256A
Enlisted: 6 March 1917
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: Light Trench Mortar Batteries
Born: Coolgardie, Western Australia, August 1898
Home Town: Cottesloe, Peppermint Grove, Western Australia
Schooling: Cottesloe and Northam State Schools, Western Australia
Occupation: Junior Draftsman
Died: Killed in action, Near Proyart, France, 23 August 1918
Cemetery: Heath Cemetery, Picardie
Heath Cemetery (Plot III, Row G, Grave No 19), Harbonnieres, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Midland Officers & Contract Surveyors of the Department of Lands & Surveys WA Honour Roll, Mosman Park Memorial Rotunda
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World War 1 Service

6 Mar 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2256, Light Trench Mortar Batteries

World War 2 Service

Date unknown: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2256A, 11th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Edward Joseph and Sophia Salter, Princes Street, Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia

Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Philippe Clerbout

It is one of the faces of the Battle of Chuignes. Lest We Forget.

Private William Edward George Salter, enlisted 16/3/1916, killed in action at Proyart 23/8/1918.

Regimental number 2256
Place of birth Coolgardie, Western Australia
School Cottesloe and Northam State Schools, Western Australia
Religion Methodist
Marital status Single
Age at embarkation 18.9
Height 5' 8.5"
Weight 150 lbs
Next of kin Father, Edward Joseph Salter, 'Ophir', Princes Street, Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia
Previous military service Served for 4 years in Citizen Military Forces (87C); transferred to Australian Army Medical Corps (1 year).
Enlistment date 6 March 1917
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll 9 February 1917
Place of enlistment Perth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistment Private
Unit name Light Trench Mortar Battery, 7th Reinforcements
Embarkation details Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 11 May 1917
Regimental number from Nominal Roll 2256A
Rank from Nominal Roll Private
Unit from Nominal Roll 11th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular 'Entered A.M.C. at age of 17 years and three months, and served at Base Hospital, Fremantle, while waiting to be old enough to enlist, actually serving 2 years and 11 months in service at home and abroad. Was mentioned in "orders of the day" for services rendered during action on 10th August 1918.' (details from father)
Fate Killed in Action 23 August 1918
Place of death or wounding nr Proyart, France
Age at death from cemetery records 20
Place of burial Heath Cemetery (Plot III, Row G, Grave No 19), Harbonnieres, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
Australian War Memorial 64
Miscellaneous information from
cemetery records Parents: Edward Joseph and Sophia Salter, Princes Street, Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia
Other details
War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 11 May 1917; disembarked Plymouth, England, 19 July 1917.

Taken on strength, 11th Bn, Parkhouse, 29 August 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 30 January 1918; taken on strength, 11th Bn, in the field, 5 February 1918, and reallotted Service No 2256A.

On leave to Paris, 16 March 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 25 March 1918.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 16 June 1918 (influenza); transferred to 18th General Hospital, 18 June 1918; to Base Depot, Havre, 11 July 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 23 July 1918.

Killed in action, 23 August 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal