William Cairns

First Name: 
William
Last Name: 
Cairns
Date of Birth: 
Monday, November 25, 1895
Mother's Name: 
Margaret Cairns nee Lavelle
Father's Name: 
Thomas Cairns
Date Enlisted: 
Monday, January 3, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private/ Shoeing Smith
Rank at Discharge: 
Driver
Unit: 
Field Artillery Brigade 7
Company: 
Brigade Ammunition Column
Service: 
Artillery
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Saturday, November 25, 1950
Details: 

William Cairns (Service No 19383) was born in Wyalong, N.S.W.

William enlisted in Bulli, N.S.W.  He was single, 21 years old, employed as a miner and lived at Corrimal, N.S.W.; he had served 3 years with 37th Infantry Militia.

William embarked as a Shoeing Smith from Sydney on HMAT A8 Argyllshire with Field Artillery Brigade 7, Brigade Ammunition Column on 11th May 1916, arriving in England on 10th July 1916 .

Arriving in France on 24th November 1916, he was posted on the 11th February, 1917 to the 3rd Divisional Ammunition Column as a driver.

On the 4th July 1917 he was sent to hospital in England, sick with trench fever.  On 2nd April 1919 he suffered an accidential head injury and was treated for a fractured skull.

William returned to Australia in May 1919 and was discharged as medically unfit on 25th August 1919.

William  died in 1950.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, CAIRNS W

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