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Ryan, William (3244)

Place of Birth: Port Melbourne, VIC

Age: 19 years 4 months

Enlistment Details: Saturday, 3 July 1915 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 3244            view online service record

350 Graham Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Next of Kin:
James Francis Ryan (father)
350 Graham Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Thursday, 18 November 1915
Ship: HMAT Wiltshire A18
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 21st Infantry Battalion – 7th Reinforcements

KIA: Wednesday, 19 July 1916
Place: France

Father: James Francis RYAN, born Port Melbourne. He enlisted as a 19-year-old upholsterer with his father as next of kin at 350 Graham Street; noted on Attestation as being previously rejected because of height. No circular returned, but an In Memoriam notice, Port Melbourne Standard, 15 September, 1917 had him as William J RYAN, the middle initial not noted in official records.

Additional research by Brian Membrey


  • brian Membrey
    Posted October 8, 2016 11.22 am 0Likes

    “came from Port Melbourne. At Fleurbaix on 19th July – in the charge – was wounded or killed and fell into the Creek. I saw his body, I knew him, he was in the same Company” (Pte. J A Thyne, 4512)

  • Brian Membrey
    Posted February 20, 2017 9.45 am 0Likes

    “… about 3 weeks after 19th July, 1916 at Fleurbaix near Armentieres I found the dead body of Wm Ryan in No Man’s land and I there buried him. I knew him well because he came from Port Melbourne. He had no identification disc and no possessions on him” (Alfred William Craig, 3089, 60th A.I.F)

    THYNE and CRAIG were the only two eyewitnesses quoted … both were from Port Melbourne and are included

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