Name: William John Sullivan

Birth Date: 1894 Where: London, England
Died: Where:
Place of Enlistment: Northam, Western Australia Age: 20
Serial Number: 379 Battalion: 28th
Rank on Enlistment: Private Rank on Discharge/Death: Lance Corporal

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


Photograph Sullivan

Service Details:



2 March

1915                      Blackboy Hill Training camp

9 June

1915                      Embarked from Fremantle


1915                      Embarked Egypt

2 August

1915                      Promoted L/Corporal

10 Sept. – 12 Dec.

1915                      Gallipoli

21 March

1916                      France

6/7 June

1916                      Trench Raid

29 July

1916                      Wounded, Pozieres (Sausage Valley)

17 October

1916                      Returned to Australia

28 April

1917                      Discharged





Biographical Details:

William John Sullivan was born to William and Elizabeth Sullivan in London in 1894. It’s not known when he travelled to Australia or his relationship to Mrs. E Bonnett whom he listed as his Next of Kin on his Attestation Papers.
When William enlisted in March 1915 he was working as a Fireman in Northam, Western Australia.
William trained at Blackboy Hill and Egypt before being sent to Gallipoli with the 28th Battalion. While in Egypt William was promoted to Lance Corporal. In February 1916, a few weeks before being transferred to France he was promoted to Corporal.
During the June Trench Raid William, with George Heathcote, was responsible for gathering as much intelligence as possible during the Raiders’ seven minutes in the German trenches.
In August the 28th Battalion was involved in the Battle of Pozieres.  William received a severe Gun Shot Wound to his left arm and consequently was transferred to England for treatment. Two months later, in October 1916, William was returned to Australia. He was discharged from the AIF in April 1917.
William settled in Australia and married Mabel Annie Broomehall in 1920.  It is believed that they had four children. 
William returned to his pre-war occupation and until he retired was an engine driver for the Western Australian Government Railways.
William died in Midland, WA, 1964, aged 69.  His widow applied for William’s ANZAC Medallion in 1967.