William James Austin

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Austin, Private William James no. 4731

1st Battalion, 15th Reinforcements, later 53rd Battalion c/- Len Saire.

“Rosedale” Balmoral Avenue, Croydon Park. Journeyman baker.

Born in London [1883?] Educated in Banbury, Buckingham and Stoke Bruen schools.

In Australia lived at Tumut and Croydon Park. Enlisted 21/8/1915, at Tumut, aged 32.


Church of England.

Embarked from Sydney 8/2/1916 perHMAT A15 Star of England.

Next of kin, father, John William Austin, 88 West Street, Great Marloo, Bucks. England (1915); 13 Gooch Street, Swindon. Wiltshire (1921).

Killed in Action 19/7/1916 at Fromelles, aged 34.

Buried VC Corner Australian Cemetery, memorial panel 7.

No reliable information available about his death through British Red Cross.

Special acknowledgement

The foundation of the information on this page was copied from the prize winning publication Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. This book is the culmination of 12 years (1988-2000) research by a team of volunteers from Canterbury and District Historical Society led by Dr Lesley Muir. Without this team's effort and dedication and the Society's willingness and support, this information would not be available today.


An uneditable version of the book boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe is in the eBook section of this wiki. In the main section, there is an alphabetical list of the 1,911 names in the book with a link to the biography copied from the book about each individual. The alphabetical list is titled Canterbury's Boys list. The biographical files are editable, created to provide the space for descendants, historians, researchers, etc to contribute any further information, photographs, newspaper articles, memories, etc. they may have discovered so it is available for this and future generations.


Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. Edited by Lesley Muir. Campsie, N.S.W. : Canterbury and District Historical Society, 2002