Bunbury – Wellington District Western Australia
Service No. 1337
7/11/1914- Joined 4th Field Ambulance ” C ” Section Blackboy Hill as Private
12/04/1915- Embarked Alexandria Egypt with Mediterranean Expeditionary Forces for Gallipoli Peninsula
4/06/1915- Wounded in Action Gallipoli ( Compound Fracture Right Thigh ) – Admitted 4th Field Ambulance
20/06/1915- Evacuated/Admitted Hospital Malta ex Hospital Ship ex Gallipoli
2/08/1915- Evacuated/Admitted 2nd London General Hospital St Marks Chelsea England ex Malta
15/12/1915- To Australian & New Zealand Base Weymouth England ex Hospital for Return to Australia
11/03/1916- Embarked Portland England for Australia per ” Suevic ”
4/07/1916- Discharged from Service ( Medically Unfit )
Service No. 6789
10/03/1917- Re-Enlisted & Joined D3 Depot Company Blackboy Hill as Private
4/04/1917- To 28th Battalion 20th Reinforcements Blackboy Hill
29/06/1917- Embarked Fremantle per ” Borda ” bound for England
24/07/1917- Appointed Lance Corporal whilst at Sea
25/08/1917- Disembarked Plymouth England ex Australia
26/08/1917- To 7th Training Battalion Rollestone England
2/10/1917- To No. 2 Command Depot Weymouth England ex Rollestone
1/11/1917- Embarked England for Australia per ” Anchises ” ( Old Fracture Right Leg )
25/12/1917- Disembarked Fremantle WA
18/01/1918- Discharged from Service ( Medically Unfit ).
Service Medals Awarded
1914/1915 Star – No. 5608
British War Medal – No. 1100
Victory Medal – No. 1098
Yarloop War Memorial WA.
Thanks to Edith PATTINSON for her email dated 1 December, 2020, in which she clarified Soldier’s Next of Kin Address and posed an interesting question as to whether Family may have visited him whilst he was recuperating in England during the First World War. He was initially seriously wounded in action at Gallipoli, subsequently spending more than four months in the London Hospital.
It is also amazing to think that eight months after being discharged in Australia, medically unfit, he re-enlisted and was sent back overseas. We salute you, William BLAIN.