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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

William George Lidstone ASPLEY

Born 1887 in Richmond, Victoria, Australia [15]
Son of Winter Lidstone ASPLEY and Elizabeth DUMARESQ [54]
Farmer in Latham, Western Australia in 1916 [19] [30]
From 1912 to 1916 he was the lessee of the 160 acre lease 12722/74 east of Coorow [44]
Later became the freehold owner of the 160 acres, which became Victoria Location 4002 in Latham [61]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in Perth on 6 May 1916 [30: item 3037464]
     When he applied to enlist he gave his address as 322 Hay Street in the Perth suburb of Subiaco [30]
     Upon enlistment he was 5 feet 6½ inches, weighed 148 pounds, with dark brown eyes, dark brown hair and a fresh complexion [30]
     Stated his profession as a General Engineering Blacksmith, having previously undertaken a three year apprenticeship [30]
     Gave his father Winter Lidstone ASPLEY as his next of kin, his address at the time being Latham, Western Australia [30]
     After training at Blackboy Hill he was on 24 January 1917 appointed to the Australian Imperial Force's 3rd Railway Corps [30]
     Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A28 Militades on 29 January 1917 [30]
     Disembarked in Devonport, England on 27 March 1917 and on 11 May 1917 proceeded to France [30]
     Blacksmith 979 of the 59th Australian Railway Operating Division of the A.I.F. in France during the First World War [30]
     In 1919 he was designated to the 5th Australian Broad Gauge Railway Operating Company of the A.I.F. [30]
     Returned to Australia on the Konigin Louise, disembarking in Fremantle, Western Australia on 23 August 1919 [30]
     Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 10 September 1919; received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
Married Martha Mary COE in 1920 [66]
In 1926 he was working as a Blacksmith in Prince Street, Busselton [61]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'William George Lidstone Aspley' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 9 May 2021 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/william-george-lidstone-aspley [sources]




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