No.711 Private William Henry Amy
[Listed on RSL Honor Board as Imy, W. but correct spelling in Amy, W.]
When William Henry Amy was born on 13 August 1898 in Port Melbourne, Victoria, his father, John, was 38 and his mother, Emily McFarlane was 29. William had five sisters and one brother. His brother John George was born in 1891 in Port Melbourne, Victoria. He also enlisted on 20 August 1917 (No.3485) and was discharged 14 February 1920. John George Amy died in 1963.
William married Ida Catherine Bamford (1897-1928) in 1917 and they had five children together.
He enlisted on 5 March 1917 at Yarraville, Melbourne and trained at the Machine Gun Depot Seymour for the next few months.
He embarked from Melbourne on 21 June 1917 on board HMAT A29 Suevic, disembarking at Liverpool on 26 August 1917. He spent 19 days in hospital while at sea.
William was taken on strength for the 15th Machine Gun Company (Training Battalion), Hurdcott. He also did further training at 4th Division School, Codford. He proceeded overseas to France from Southampton, to reinforce the 39th Battalion on 12 February 1918.
William transferred to the 3rd Pioneer Battalion on 20 July 1918. He was wounded in action on 23 August 1918 and remained on duty.
He was admitted to Fort Pitt Military Hospital, Chatham on 31 December 1918 with Tuberculosis.
William returned to Australia on board HT Warwickshire on 28 May, leaving England on 5 April 1919, and was discharged on 6 September 1919 as medically unfit for duty.
William married Nellie Hazel Mary Bonnie Smithwick in 1929 in Melbourne, Victoria.
He died in April 1975 in Heidelberg, Victoria, at the age of 76.
Medals and Entitlements:
- British War Medal
- Victory Medal
Imy W. first appeared in the Roll of Honor, Werribee Shire Banner, 13 February 1919, p.3.
[The Roll of Honour was updated on that date to reflect all men who had enlisted from the Shire, or who were born of parents residing in the Shire. The list was advertised in the Banner for general information, so as to allow for any errors or emissions to be rectified.]
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