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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


William Samuel SAUNDERS

Born 3 March 1891 in Parnaroo, South Australia [55]
Son of Edwin SAUNDERS and Alice Agnes DAY [55]
Successfully applied to enlist in the Australian Imperial Force on 5 July 1915 in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia [30]
     Officially enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force at Blackboy Hill on 14 July 1915 [30: item 8075466]
     Gave his occupation as Blacksmith and his next of kin as his mother who was living in Walkaway, Western Australia [30]
     Upon enlistment he was 5 feet 6½ inches tall, weighed 169 pounds and had brown eyes, black hair and a dark complexion [30]
     Embarked from Adelaide, South Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915 [18]
     Private 1045 in the Australian Imperial Force's 5th Pioneer Battalion in France during the First World War [30]
     Appointed Lance Corporal on 18 December 1916 however reverted to the rank of private at his request on 1 July 1917 [30]
     Embarked on his return home on the Devanha on 22 June 1919, and disembarked in Western Australia on 15 June 1919 [30]
     Discharged from the A.I.F. on 14 August 1919; received the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal [55]
Married Lily EASTERBROOK in 1921 [66]
Farmer in Yandanooka 1921-1971 [19] [50]
     His farm was the 685 acre Lot 47 of the Yandanooka Estate [44]
     Donated 10/- to the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee in 1925 [124]
     Organiser of the Jumble Sale, Dance and Popular Baby Competition held at the Yandanooka Hall on Thursday 8 August 1929 [4]
          The event raised the impressive sum of £41 for the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs [4: 17-Aug-1929]
     He was one of 133 who signed a petition in 1927 requesting the granting of a Publican's License for Yandanooka [39: 12-Jan-1927]
     In April 1927 purchased a new Rugby 6 car, which was licensed with the Mingenew Road Board with plate MI-62 [81: 10-Apr-1927] [325]
     Sold five bales of wool at 10d. per pound through Westralian Farmers Ltd at the Perth Wool Sale on 18 October 1929 [4: 19-Oct-1929]
     Member of the Yandanooka branch of the Primary Producers' Association in 1930 [4: 3-May-1930]
     He was part of the committee that organised and conducted the Anzac Sports in Yandanooka on 23 April 1930 [39: 5-May-1930]
     In 1932 owned a Chevrolet sedan car, which was registered with the Mingenew Road Board with license plate MI-62 [4: 12-Nov-1932]
     One of 77 ex-servicemen who attended the Sailors & Soldiers Reunion Dinner in Carnamah on 22 October 1932 [86: 29-Oct-1932]
     Served on the Board of the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs 1933-1939 [5: 16-Jul-1937] [109]
     Member of the R.S.L. Yandanooka Rifle Club in 1935 [5: 25-Oct-1935]
     Attended the Fourth Annual North Midlands R.S.L. Reunion Dinner in Three Springs on Saturday 19 October 1935 [5: 25-Oct-1935]
     Represented the R.S.L. Yandanooka Rifle Club at the shoot for the Shearn Cup in Mingenew on 20 October 1935 [5: 25-Oct-1935]
     Attended the Zone Meeting of the North Midlands Wheatgrowers Union in Perenjori on Sunday 3 November 1935 [5: 15-Nov-1935]
     Attended the Fifth Annual North Midlands R.S.L. Reunion Dinner in Dongara on Saturday evening 24 October 1936 [5: 30-Oct-1936]
     Attended the opening of the Nurse's Quarters in Three Springs and dinner at the Commercial Hotel on 27 August 1937 [5: 3-Sep-1937]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Mosman Park [2]
Father of Elsie and William Frank [84]
Died 21 November 1972; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (General, Lawn 1, 82) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'William Samuel Saunders' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 30 March 2020 from [sources]

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