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Service number 5112

On the 20thJune 1916 William received a severe gunshot wound to the eye. Returned to Australia on the 19thJune 1919. Discharged on the 28th September 1919.

South Bourke and Mornington Journal (18th September 1919)

“A Welcome home social was held in the local hall on Friday last. The building was tastefully decorated with flags, foliage and flowers, and presented a pleasing and bright appearance.

Cr WG a’Beckett JP, presided, and, was supported by Cr Stevenson. A musical programme was provided, after which the returned soldiers were invited on the platform, each to receive a gold medal presented by the residents of the district. The guests were Sgt W Harbour, Dvr J Rix, Tpr F Bausch, Pts A May and S White. Each of them receiving an ovation as Cr a’Beckett presented the medals. Pte S White responded on behalf of the recipients. The following artists contributed to the success of the evening; Mrs F Richardson, Misses Thompson, G May, Wallace and Master Reid who rendered songs which were greatly enjoyed. Misses Williams, Thompson, R May and Mr Meeking played the accompaniments. After the presentation, supper was served and dancing was indulged in until the sma’ hours of the morning, which brought to a close a most enjoyable evening. The committee deserve great credit for the manner in which everything was carried out.”

In 1919 William married Dora Vera Mahoney. They remained in Beaconsfield farming.

Died on the 23rdOctober 1963 at Melbourne Hospital, Victoria.

Buried on the 25thOctober 1963 at Berwick Cemetery, Victoria.

Name HARBOUR, William
Service Number 5112
Rank Private
Roll 5 Infantry Battalion 13-23 Reinforcements (December 1915-November 1916)
Conflict First World War 1914-1918
Embarked 1stApril 1916
City Melbourne
Ship HMAT Suffolk A23
Age 33 years
Birth Place 20thSeptember 1882, Berwick, Victoria
Father John Harbour, Beaconsfield, Victoria
Mother Sarah (Beecham) Harbour
Religion Church of England
Occupation Bootmaker
Residence 81 Albion Street, East Brunswick, Victoria
Enlisted 31stJanuary 1916
Height 5 feet, 7 inches
Complexion Brown; Eyes- Brown; Hair- Fair