George McWilliam

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Headstone of George McWilliam in the Amherst Cemetery, 2014. Photography: Jim Bartok.

History

George William McWilliam was born at Creswick, Victoria.[1]

He is buried at Amherst Cemetery.


Military Experience

During World War One George William McWilliam (6030) was a sapper with the 3rd Tunnelling Company.


George McWilliam enlisted at Claremont on 09 August 1916 at the age of 37. At that time his occupation was 'miner' and his wife, Nellie, was living at Waratah, Tasmania.[2]

Sapper McWilliam sailed from Melbourne on the HMAT Ulysses on 25 October 1916. saw action in France, when he was gassed on 11 April 1918, attending the 6th Australian Casualty Clearing Station on the same day. on 30 April 1918 he was transferred to the 6th Convalescent Depot at Etaples. McWilliam convalesced at Havre, England. [3] Le Havre was a main port of entry for troops and supplies. It had a large base hospital, and was an exit point for the transport of the wounded to England.

He returned to Australia on the Leicestershire from London on 03 May 1919. He was discharged at Anglesea Barracks, Hobart on 07 August 1919 as medically unfit, with a 20% disability.[4]

See also

References

  1. NAA B2455: McWilliam GW.
  2. NAA B2455: McWilliam GW.
  3. NAA B2455: McWilliam GW.
  4. NAA B2455: McWilliam GW.

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