Service Numbers: 366, 366A
Enlisted: 26 July 1916, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Driver
Last Unit: 2nd Machine Gun Battalion
Born: Glasgow, Scotland, August 1890
Home Town: Tungamah, Moira, Victoria
Schooling: Dunoon Grammar School, Scotland
Occupation: Carpenter
Died: Died of Illness, Warrington, England, United Kingdom, France, 4 December 1918
Cemetery: Warrington Cemetery, Lancashire, England
Grave C. NC. 532. INSCRIPTION THE LORD GAVE AND THE LORD HATH TAKEN AWAY , Warrington Cemetery, Warrington, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom, Maubeuge (Sous-le-Bois) Cemetery, Maubeuge, Avesnes sur Helpe, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Tungamah War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

26 Jul 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 366, Melbourne, Victoria
19 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 366, 2nd Machine Gun Company, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
19 Sep 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 366, 2nd Machine Gun Company, HMAT Commonwealth, Melbourne
3 Dec 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Driver, 366A, 2nd Machine Gun Battalion

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK 

Died on this date - 3rd December...... Dvr William Carswell was born at Dunoon, Scotland in 1890. He came to Australia when he was 21 years old & enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 26th July, 1916 as a 25 year old, married Carpenter from Tungamah, Victoria.

Private Carswell was sent to England to received further training before being sent to the Front. He proceeded overseas to France from Machine Gun Training Depot in England on 17th March, 1917.
Private William Carswell was appointed Driver on 24th September, 1918.

Driver William Carswell was sent injured to Hospital on 3rd October, 1918. A Medical Report was completed the injury was “transverse flesh wound about 1” long just below the ‘Adams apple’. Severity slight appears to be self-inflicted and patient says he did it himself. (Sgd) S. Wall, Maj. A.A.M.C. att. 6th A. Fld. Amb. 4.10.18. The circumstances of the case were recorded as “Between the hours of 2200 and 2300 Dvr Carswell cut his throat with his razor. He was noticed at 2300 when he told the picquet (who had just returned from duty) to strike a match.”

Driver William Carswell was transferred to England & admitted to the Royal Victoria Hospital at Netley on 4th November, 1918 as a Mental case. He was transferred to The Lord Derby War Hospital, Warrington on 11th November, 1918.

Driver William Carswell died at 13.25 hrs on 3rd December, 1918 at The Lord Derby War Hospital, Warrington, Lancashire, England from General Paralysis of the Insane. He was buried in Warrington Cemetery (Manchester Road), Warrington, England where 8 other WW1 Australians are buried.


Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He was 28 and the son of William and Mary Stewart Carswell; husband of Beatrice Carswell, of 649, High St., Golden Square, Victoria.

[Deaths Dec 1918   Carswell William 28 Warrington 8c 401]

He is one of seven Australian Great War casualties remembered on the Dunoon War Memorial.

Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...366A Driver William Carswell, 2nd Machine Gun Battalion of Tungamah, Vic; formerly of Dunoon Scotland. A carpenter and joiner prior to enlistment, Dvr Carswell embarked on board HMAT Commonwealth (A73) on 19 September 1916. He died... on 3 December 1918. He was 28 years of age." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)