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WILLIAMS Rupert Earnest

Service number 37552

On the 8thOctober 1918 Rupert was reported as wounded in action, gassed.

South Bourke and Mornington Journal (16thJanuary 1919)

“Bombardier Rupert Williams, son of Mr E Williams, headmaster of Beaconsfield State School, left England for Australia last month. The soldier was twice gassed in France, but hopes are entertained that the sea voyage will restore him to health. His only brother, Fred, was on the Barambah, but was lucky enough to escape infection, and land safely in England.”

Returned to Australia on the 9thDecember 1918.

Discharged on the 16thFebruary 1919.

Rupert married Bertha, they lived in Hamilton and then Sandringham, Victoria. He returned to his occupation as school teacher.

Died in February 1959 at Blackburn, Victoria.

Cremated on the 17thFebruary 1959 at Springvale Botanical Cemetery.

Name WILLIAMS, Rupert Ernest
Service Number 37552
Rank Gunner
Roll Field Artillery Brigade 27-35 Reinforcements (November 1917-June 1918)
Conflict First World War 1914-1918
Embarked 9thNovember 1917
City Melbourne
Ship HMAT Port Sydney A15
Age 26 years
Birth Place 1890, Kilmore, Victoria
Father Ernest Williams, Beaconsfield State School, Victoria
Mother Louisa (Helms) Williams
Religion Church of England
Occupation School Teacher
Residence C/O Jory’s Coffee Palace, Ararat
Enlisted 25thOctober 1916
Height 5 feet, 10 inches
Complexion Fresh; Eyes- Grey; Hair- Brown