William Arthur Ritchie

First Name: 
William
Middle Name: 
Arthur
Last Name: 
Ritchie
Mother's Name: 
Mary Ritchie nee Dobbie
Father's Name: 
David Ritchie
Date Enlisted: 
Monday, March 15, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
Light Horse Field Ambulance
Company: 
14th Australian General Hospital
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Wednesday, December 25, 1974
Details: 

William Ritchie (Service No 595) was born at Mount Kembla, near Wollongong, N.S.W. around 1893.  His father David was a union official at Mount Kembla during the 1902 mine disaster and gave evidence at the Royal Commission that followed. It seems the family left for Dorrigo soon after. In 1922 he married May Brittain.

William enlisted in Brisbane when he was 22 years old, worked as a farmer, lived at Dorrigo, N.S.W and was single.

He was sent to Gallipoli on 1st December 1915 as medical staff where he served with the 2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance as well as the Imperial Camel Corps in Egypt.

In August 1916 he was admitted to hospital in Egypt dangerously ill and it was a while before he recovered. 

In March 1918 he was returned to Australia as nursing staff, but no discharge date is recorded.

In February 1918 a report in the Dorrigo Gazette states William's father had received notice of the award of the Military Medal, however no record of this exists.

William's brother Alexander Ritchie (Service No 2636) was killed in action in Belgium in 1917.

 

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, RITCHIE WILLIAM ARTHUR

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