William Ellis

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William Ellis
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Personal Information
Date of Birth c 1871
Place of Birth Wallaroo, South Australia
Age at Enlistment 43 years, 11 months
Description 5'4½" (1.64m) tall ; 116 lbs
52.617 kg
; fair complexion ; blue eyes ; grey hair
Occupation Labourer (ganger)
Religion Methodist
Address Mundijong, Western Australia
Next of Kin Sister , Mrs Elizabeth Thorpe
Military Information
Reg Number 1851
Date of Enlistment 5 Oct 1915
Rank Gunner
Unit/Formation 3rd Light Horse Regiment, 13th Reinforcement, transferred
1st Field Artilery Brigade 101 (Howitzer) Battery / 1st Division
Date of Embarkation 16 Jan 1916 ‒ 9 Feb 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A30 Borda
Date of Return 16 Dec 1917 ‒ 13 Feb 1918
Ship Returned On HMAT A61 Kanowna
Fate Returned to Australian for Medical reasons
Monument Mundijong Honour Roll
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

Enlisted in Adelaide. NOK resided in Mundijong.

War Service

Following training in South Australia, William embarked for Egypt where on 1 Mar 1916 he was taken on strength by the 1st Light Horse Reserve Regiment.

On 15 May 1916 as part of the reorganisation of forces before they went to the Western Front, Bill was transferred to the Artillery at Tel-el-Kebir. At Alexandria on 28 May 1916 he boarded HMT Corsican for Plymouth in England, arriving there on 11 Jun 1916. Bill was AWOL from Midnight 8 Jul 1916 till 2330 on 11 Jul 1916 for which he was awarded 14 days loss of pay and 14 days confined to Barracks.

Following training with the Australian Artillery Training Depot he was allocated to the 21st Field Artillery Brigade's 116th Howitzer Battery on 26 Oct 1916 but doesn't reach them. Bill proceeded overseas to France via Southampton on 20 Mar 1917. Ten days later, 30 Mar 1917, he was taken on strength of the 1st Field Artillery Brigade in France. Hospitalised from 7 Apr 1917 till 4 May 1917, before again requiring a period in hospital from 20 Sep 1917 with Paraphimosis.

On 4 Oct 1917 the 59th General Hospital in St Omer, France transferred him to England with Paraphimosis. He was admitted to the Boscombe Military Hospital, Hants on 7 October. Soon after it was decided to send Bill home for medical reasons (cystitis) and age. On 9 Nov 1917 Bill was found to be permanently unfit by a Medical Board. Discharged by 4th Military District on 21 May 1918.

Post War

Deceased prior to September 1923 when sister received his medals.


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