William Davis married Deborah Pope in 1898 and with their two children Linda and Albert were living at 4 Cove Terrace, Bourke Street,Goulburn.
William was a 36 year old labourer employed by the railways when he joined up with the Kangaroos at Goulburn in January 1916. He was enlisted into the 55th Battalion 3rd Reinforcement and the tall dark haired and eyed William sailed with the unit on the Barambah in June 1916.
In July, the 55th 3rd were engaged in their first major battle at Fromelles, resulting in heavy casualties but formed a rearguard for the 14th Brigade’s withdrawal. They continued in the Fromelles sector for two months more. In early 1917 they were part of the advance following the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line. They defended the gains at Bullecourt and saw operations in the Ypres sector in Belgium. The Battalion’s major battle there was at Polygon Wood in September 1917. They saw further action around Corbie and Villers-Bretonneux in 1918, before the capture of Peronne.
William survived all the front line action without serious injury or illness and was returned to Australia in June 1919. He went back to working with the railways. His wife Deborah died in 1922 and William was living at 5 Clinton Street Goulburn at the time of his retirement from the railways in 1946.
Our grateful appreciation to Dahlis Evans for compiling this story.
Sources: aif.adfa.edu.gov.au; awm.gov.au; nswbdm.gov.au; naa.gov.au
We would be interested to learn any more about Wm Davis and his family: please email Angela Williamson at firstname.lastname@example.org
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