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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Bill" William Alfred LEDGARD

Born 15 May 1896 in Wilmington, South Australia [30] [55]
Son of Robert LEDGARD and Mary Jane HAINES [55]
Labourer in or near Wilmington, South Australia in 1915 [94]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 12 January 1916 in Adelaide, South Australia [30: item 8195031]
     On enlistment was described as 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 132 lbs. with brown eyes, dark hair and a dark complexion [30]
     Gave his father Robert LEDGARD as his next of kin, his address being Little Spring Creek near Wilmington, South Australia [94]
     Embarked from Adelaide, South Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A9 Shropshire on 25 March 1916 [94]
     After further training in England embarked for overseas on the Franconia on the 2 August 1916 [30]
     Private 4469; served in the 14th Battalion, 32nd Battalion and the 11th Reinforcements of the 27th Battalion [30]
     During the First World War served with the Australian Imperial Force in Alexandria, Egypt; in England and in France [30]
     On 7 December 1916 received a gunshot wound to his shoulder and was subsequently returned to England for treatment [30]
     Departed London, England on the H.T. Runic, arriving back in Australia on 2 July 1917 [30]
     Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force for medical reasons on 6 August 1917 [30]
Married 16 year old Maud Jane BRUMBY on 15 May 1918 at her parents' home in Melrose, South Australia [55]
     His wife gave birth to a son Charles Edward on 11 October 1918 in Snowtown, South Australia [55]
     In 1920 his wife died at the age of about 18 years and was buried at the Balaklava Cemetery in Balaklava, South Australia [312]
Land Clearer in Carnamah, Western Australia 1921-1923 [9] [19]
     Sang a song at the farewell to departing railway stationmaster James J. STARLING in Carnamah on 18 June 1921 [9: 8-Jul-1921]
     His horse, saddle and bridle were stolen on 18 October 1922 in Carnamah by local bushranger Frank H. W. THOMAS [86: 21-Nov-1922]
     THOMAS rode his horse to a standstill and then abandoned it, while his saddle and bridle were left in the bush and never found [86]
     Signed the petition in February 1923 for the Irwin Licensing Court to grant a hotel license for Carnamah [10: 9-Mar-1923]
Later resided in Kalgoorlie [2]
Died 25 August 1961; buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (General, DA, 155)[2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'William Alfred Ledgard' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 29 November 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/william-alfred-ledgard [sources]




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