William Paisley

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William Paisley was born in England. He served a five year apprenticeship as a boilermaker at the Phoenix Foundry, Ballarat. He was killed by lightening strike when at Roseville Training Camp.[1]

Military Experience

Sapper Paisley was rejected by the AIF for being too short, but was accepted as a Sapper, enlisting on 11 June 1917. His next if kin was his father, Robert Paisley, of Soldiers Hill, Ballarat, Victoria.[2]


Sapper William Paisley (78449), aged 39, whose next of kin live in Ballarat: (Vic'.), who was attached to the military camp at Roseville, was struck dead by lightning at the camp this morning between 6 and 7 o'clock. With three other soldiers Paisley was covering the roof of a shed with ruberold, among vivid lightning, accompanied by a storm which passed over portions of the northern suburbs about that time, and one of the flashes struck Paisley, killing him instantly. Three other soldiers were stunned, but not injured. [3]

See also

Australian Mining Corps


  1. http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/scripts/Imagine.asp?B=8000691, accessed 08 November 2013.
  2. http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/scripts/Imagine.asp?B=8000691, accessed 08 November 2013.
  3. Perth Times, 30 September 1917.

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