William Melrose Mathers

Born: 10 November 1893

Died: 10 December 1953

William Melrose Mathers Arch. : Private, A.A.M.C., A.I.F., France.

Enlisting 2nd September, 1915, and sailing 29th March, 1916, on hospital ship Kanowna to Egypt, joined 8th Australian Field Ambulance at Estaires (via England) 16th August and remained with it until demobilisation, serving as stretcher bearer at Armentieres, Bapaume, Bullecourt and Ypres, being gassed at Polygon Wood 29th September, 1917. On recovery was at Messines, Amiens, Villers- Bretonneux and Bellicourt till September, 1918, although gassed at Villers-Bretonneux 30th April and wounded at Peronne 18th August. Was invalided to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Abbeville, in November, rejoining unit at Christmas, and doing duty at Sars-Poteries and Erquilines for three months.

Early education at Mosman Superior Public School.

Source: Book of Remembrance, University of Sydney

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