William John BANWELL

BANWELL, William John

Service Numbers: 1304, 1304A
Enlisted: 28 November 1914, Adelaide
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1)
Born: Harpenden, England, United Kingdom, 20 November 1896
Home Town: Port Adelaide, Port Adelaide Enfield, South Australia
Schooling: Church of England Parochial School, England
Occupation: Blacksmith Striker
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 2 May 1915, aged 18 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey, Beach Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing, Port Adelaide St Paul's Church Memorial Alcove
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World War 1 Service

28 Nov 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide
2 Feb 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1304, 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1), ANZAC / Gallipoli, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '12' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Clan McGillivray embarkation_ship_number: A46 public_note: ''
2 Feb 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 1304, 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1), HMAT Clan McGillivray, Melbourne
2 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1304A, 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1), ANZAC / Gallipoli, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 1304A awm_unit: 16 Battalion awm_rank: Private awm_died_date: 1915-05-02
Date unknown: Involvement 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1), Battle for Pozières

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

Son of Rosina Mary Tong (formerly Banwell), of 2nd Avenue, Cheltenham, Woodville, South Australia, and the late Joseph Banwell.

Arrived in Australia at the age of 16 years on the 21st of November 1912.

From 1913 to 1914, William was employed in Port Adelaide as a blacksmith striker.

Enlisted in the AIF on November 28th 1914 having only just turned 18.

On the 25th of April 1915 William landed on the shores of Gallipoli. Six days later he was shot.

A 1916 Court of Enquiry found that he had been shot in the chest by a sniper on May the 2nd and was buried in a mass grave.

William's name is on the Lone Pine Memorial at Gallipoli.