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Prest, William Thomas Henry (233)

Place of Birth: Port Melbourne, VIC

Age: 19 years 3 months

Enlistment Details: Monday, 17 August 1914 – South Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 233            view online service record

Fishermen’s Bend, VIC

Next of Kin:
William Prest (father)
Fishermen’s Bend, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Wednesday, 21 October 1914
Ship: HMAT Orvieto A3
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 5th Infantry Battalion

RTA: Tuesday, 3 December 1918
Discharged: Friday, 28 March 1919

William Thomas Henry Prest. Courtesy University of Melbourne Archives.
William Thomas Henry Prest. Courtesy University of Melbourne Archives.

The Standard newspaper reported on four cousins serving at the front.

William Thomas Henry Prest, son of W Prest of Fishermen’s Bend,
Thomas Alfred Prest, son of John Prest of Fishermen’s Bend,
Henry Thomas Prest, son of Henry Prest of 155 Nott Street, and
William Thomas Libbis, son of Mr & Mrs Libbis of Coburg.

All four are the grandsons of William Prest, ex-engine driver, of Graham Street.

1915 ‘Well Represented at Front.’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 15 May, p. 2, viewed 29 April, 2015,


  • Brian Membrey
    Posted August 25, 2017 6.14 pm 0Likes

    “Private W. T. H. Prest, among the wounded, was born at Port Melbourne. He is twenty years of age, and was a corporal in the senior cadets till they disbanded. He then joined the 52nd Regiment at Port Melbourne, and rose to the rank of sccond lieutenant, and also got the certificate of proficiency for senior cadet stretcher bearers. He joined the First Australian Imperial Expeditionary Force, in the 5th Battalion. He has an uncle (Private B. Cobban) and three cousins (T. A. Prest, H. T. Prest and W. Libbis) m the force”.
    “CAREERS OF THE FALLEN” The Age, 18 May, 1915

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