William King Charles HANSFORD MM

HANSFORD, William King Charles

Service Number: 644
Enlisted: 15 January 1915
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 21st Infantry Battalion
Born: North Williamstown, Victoria, Australia, February 1893
Home Town: Williamstown, Hobsons Bay, Victoria
Schooling: Williamstown State School, Williamstown, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Multiple GSW, No. 5 General Hospital, Rouen, France., 30 May 1917
Cemetery: St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen
Grave P II K 3B INSCRIPTION MY DEAR SON DUTY NOBLY DONE , St Sever Cemetery Extension, Haute-Normandie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Williamstown Pictorial Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

15 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 644, 21st Infantry Battalion
18 Jan 1915: Enlisted Australian Army (Post WW2)
10 May 1915: Involvement Private, 644, 24th Infantry Battalion
10 May 1915: Embarked Private, 644, 24th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ulysses, Melbourne
12 Apr 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 21st Infantry Battalion, TSgt 16/4/1917 to 3/4/1917
3 May 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Corporal, 644, 21st Infantry Battalion, Bullecourt (Second), T Sgt, GSW to chest (penetrating), arm and leg.

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

Son of Joseph and Christina HANSFORD

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and skill in charge of a Lewis Gun during the attack at MOUQUET FARM on the 26th August, 1916. Taking up a position well forward of our line he maintained his gun in action throughout the day in spite of very heavy enemy artillery and machine gun fire, and was of the greatest value to the infantry in consolidating the captured position at 77.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Silver Medal (Serbia)

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Advice has been received , by Mrs C. Hansford, of 12 Albert street 
North Willianistown, that her son, Sergeant William Hansford who
left Victoria with the 21st Battalion, machine-gun section, has died in
No. 5 General Hospital. France, front the effects of gunshot wounds
in the lung, arm and leg. Sergeant Hansford, who was only 23 years of age, enlisted In May 1915. He was on board the Southland when that vessel was torpedoed. He went through the Gallpoli campaign, and was engaged in several heavy battles in France. Sergeant Hansford received the Military Medal for bravery on the battlefield, and was also the holder of the Serbian Silver Medal.


Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

 He was 23 and the son of Christina McIntosh Hansford, of 12, Albert St., Williamstown North, Victoria, Australia, and the late Joseph James Hansford.