Arthur Philip BILLS

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BILLS, Arthur Philip

Service Number: 2856
Enlisted: 15 March 1916, Laura, South Australia
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Laura, South Australia, 6 July 1891
Home Town: Unley, Unley, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Bank Clerk
Died: Killed in Action (GSW), Hamel, France, 11 August 1918, aged 27 years
Cemetery: Bronfay Farm Military Cemetery, Bray-sur-Somme
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Memorials: Adelaide National Australia Bank WW1 Honour Board, Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Laura Public School Roll of Honour, Laura War Memorial, Unley Arch of Remembrance, Unley Town Hall WW1 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

15 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Laura, South Australia
6 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2856, 50th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
6 Nov 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2856, 50th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Afric, Adelaide
3 Nov 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 50th Infantry Battalion
11 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 50th Infantry Battalion

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Biography

Son of George Isaac BILLS and Harriet nee MORRIS

"...Lieutenant Arthur Philip Bills, 50th Battalion from Unley, South Australia. A 21 year old clerk prior to enlisting on 15 March 1916, he embarked for overseas as a Private (service number 2856) with the 7th Reinforcements from Adelaide on 6 November 1916 aboard HMAT Afric. Following further training in England, he joined the 50th Battalion in France in May 1917. Two months later, he was back in England undergoing officer training at Cambridge where he was appointed a Second Lieutenant on 3 November 1917. After rejoining the 50th Battalion in France later in November, he was wounded in action near Villers-Bretonneux on 6 May 1918. While undergoing medical treatment for his wounds, he was promoted to Lieutenant on 14 May 1918. He rejoined the 50th Battalion in June and was killed in action near Bray, France on 11 August 1918. Lt Bills is buried in the Bronfay Farm Military Cemetery, Bray-Sur-Somme, France."- SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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