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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


William George READ

Born 1880 in Woodbridge, Suffolk, England [20]
Son of Isaac READ and Alice Nickols CLARKE [20 [21]
In 1881 he was living with his parents and brother Robert at Ipswich Lodge in Woodbridge, Suffolk, England [20]
His father worked as a Gardener; around 1882 shifted with his parents from Woodbridge to Melton, also in Suffolk, England [20]
In 1891 he living was with his parents and siblings Robert, Walter, Alfred, Albert, Alice and Herbert at Holly Lodge in Melton [20]
He was working as a Railway Porter in 1901 and still living his parents at Holly Lodge in Melton [20]
Later worked in England as a farmhand [70]
Married Florence Sarah Matilda MULLINS in 1906 [21]
Departed London, England with his wife on the steamship Gothic and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 6 September 1912 [70]
Farmhand for Hans HÄUSSLER on Gregorfields Farm in Winchester in 1914 and 1915 [19] [50]
Clearing Contractor in Winchester in 1916 [6]
Resided in Winchester until enlisting in the Australian Imperial Force in Perth on 8 February 1916 [30: item 8024996]
On enlistment he was 5 feet 8½ inches tall, weighed 138 pounds and had dark grey eyes, dark brown hair and a fresh complexion [30]
After training at Blackboy Hill he was appointed to the 15th Reinforcements of the 28th Infantry Battalion on 1 September 1916 [30]
Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A52 Surada on 22 September 1916 [30]
Disembarked in Plymouth, England on 20 November 1916 and after further training proceeded to France on 13 March 1917 [30]
Private 5543 of the Australian Imperial Force's 28th Battalion in France during the First World War [30]
Besides a brief stint as Acting Corporal he served as Private until being promoted to the rank of Corporal on 24 January 1917 [30]
Wounded in Action in France on 3 May 1917 and was hospitalised for two months for a gunshot wound to his left shoulder [30]
Embarked from England on the H.T. Lancashire and disembarked in Fremantle, Western Australia on 11 March 1919 [30]
Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 28 April 1919; received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
Farmhand in Winchester in 1919 and 1920 [19]
Later resided in Perth [2]
Died 28 February 1924; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Anglican, JA, 176)[2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'William George Read' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 May 2022 from [reference list]

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