Name: William Thomas Cresswell

 

Birth Date: 1890 Where: London, England
Died: Where:
Place of Enlistment: Bundaberg, Queensland Age: 25
Serial Number: 40 Battalion: 26th, Signals Company
Rank on Enlistment: Private Rank on Discharge/Death: Private

Awards: 1914 - 15 Star, British War Medal 1914 - 1920, Victory Medal,

 

Photograph Cresswell

Service Details:

 

 

7 April

1915                      Enlisted

9 June

1915                      Embarked Australia

August

1915                      Embarked Egypt

10 Sept. – 12 Dec.

1915                      Gallipoli

21 March

1916                      France

6/7 June

1916                      Trench Raid

29 July – 27 Aug.

1916                      Pozieres (Sausage Valley)

4 August

1916                      Pozieres

6 September

1916                      Belgium

14 October

1916                      Promoted Corporal

October

1916                      Ypres and Dernacourt

3 November

1916                      Battle of Ancres Heights & Fricourt

8 November

1916                      Hospital (Trench Fever)

7 March

1917                      Rejoined Battalion

26 March

1917                      Wounded, Attack on Malt Trench

5 February

1918                      Rejoined Battalion

7 April

1918                      Dernacourt

20 April

1918                      Ville Sur-Ancre

May

1918                      Morlancourt

27 June

1918                      Villers-Bretonneux

20 July

1918                      Reverted to Sapper at own request

8 August

1918                      Battle of Amiens

29 August

1918                      Somme

2 Sept

1918                      Mont St. Quentin

31 October

1918                      Married, England

11 November

1918                      Armistice

21 June

1919                      Returned to Australia, with wife

 8 February

1920 .....................Discharged

   

 

 

Biographical Details:

Little, apart from what appears in his service record, is known about William Cresswell. He was born in Hammersmith, London, in 1890. It is not known when he moved to Australia. William gave his profession as Clerk when he enlisted in April 1915 at Bundaberg, Queensland. He also listed May Kirton of Suffolk, England as his Next of Kin.
In May William embarked Brisbane with the originals of the 26th Battalion. After a brief stay in Fremantle, where the 28th Battalion boarded, the Ascanius sailed to Egypt. Here William and his Battalion received further training. His Battalion then served three months at Gallipoli, returned to Egypt for another two months. William eventually reached France in March 1916.
During the Trench Raid, William was the telephonist, supporting linesman, L/Cpl Chandler. This obviously suited him because in July 1918 William reverted to the ranks, from Corporal to sapper, in order to transfer to the Australian Corps Signals Company.
William was hospitalised on several occasions with trench feet, influenza, trench fever and mumps. In March 1917 he suffered a severe GSW to his left leg which kept him in England until Jan 1918. 
William married Elizabeth Harrison on 31st October 1918, at Lancaster, while on leave.  Presumably William had met his future wife during the eight months he had spent in England recovering from his gunshot wound, although it is possible he may have known her from pre-war days before he moved to Australia..
In August 1919 William returned to Australia with his wife.  Presumably they settled in Queensland although there are no supporting records other than in 1928 he applied for Repatriation Benefits in Queensland. Nothing else is known of William’s post-war life.