William John BYARS

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BYARS, William John

Service Number: 1594
Enlisted: 26 November 1914, Oaklands, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 4th Pioneer Battalion
Born: Ashton, South Australia, 27 July 1896
Home Town: Bowden, Charles Sturt, South Australia
Schooling: Brompton Public School
Occupation: Railway Porter
Died: Killed in Action, Pozières, France, 11 August 1916, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Villers-Bretonneux Memorial
No known grave
Memorials: Adelaide HB09 South Australian Railways - Adelaide Railway Station*, Adelaide National War Memorial (WW1), Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)*
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World War 1 Service

26 Nov 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1594, Oaklands, South Australia
31 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1594, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide
31 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1594, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
11 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1594, 4th Pioneer Battalion, Pozières

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Biography

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

"THE LATE PRIVATE W. J. BYARS.

Private W. J. Byars, who was killed in action in France on August 11, was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Byars, of Gibson-street, Bowden. He was born at Ashton, South Australia, and was 20 years of age on July 27 last. Prior to enlisting in November, 1914, he was for two years employed as a porter in the South Australian Railways. He left for the front on May 31, 1915. He was   wounded on Gallipoli on November 26, 1915, and was in the Malta Hospital for several months. Being of a genial disposition, he was liked by all who knew him." - from the Adelaide Adveertiser 09 Sep 1916 (nla.gov.au)

"THE LATE PRIVATE W. J. BYARS.

Mr, and Mrs. J. Byars, of Gibson-street, Bowden, have received the following letter from Sergeant Waldron in connection with the loss of their son, Private W. J. Byars, who was killed in action in France on August 11:— “On behalf of the officers, sergeants, and men of our platoon, I desire to express our sincerest and deepest sympathy for you in your great loss. He was a general favorite with all, and was the very best of soldiers, always ready to carry out any duty, no matter how dangerous." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 14 Oct 1916 (nla.gov.au)

 

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