Name: William Themor

Birth Date: 9 April, 1897 Where: Brisbane, Queensland
Died: 17 October, 1965 Where: Brisbane
Place of Enlistment: Queensland Age: 18
Serial Number: 1518 Battalion: 26th
Rank on Enlistment: Private Rank on Discharge/Death: Private

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


Photograph Themor

Service Details:



24 May

1915                      Enlisted

9 June

1915                      Embarked from Australia


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)

29 July

1916                      To Hospital

17 March

1917                      Rejoined Battalion

5 May

1917                      Wounded, Battle of Bullecourt (Hindenburg Line)

19 May

1917                      Rejoined Battalion


1917                      Bapaume


1917                      Cassel

18 September

1917                      Ypres

6 October

1917                      Sick to hospital

12 November

1917                      Embarked for England

22 June

1918                      Married, England

26 Sept

1918                      Boulogne

11 November

1918                      Armistice

20 May

1920                      Returned to Australia





BiograWilliam Themor was born in Brisbane, in April 1897. A packer by vocation, he was just 18 when he enlisted. In June he embarked for Egypt where the 26th Battalion completed its training before being deployed at Gallipoli.
Although hospitalised for a while at Gallipoli William was with the 7th Brigade when it reached France in March 1916. He volunteered for the June Trench Raid and was part of the Left Parapet Party.
At the end of November William was hospitalised again and for the next twelve months suffered various illnesses and a wounding. While recovering in England he was charged with being Absent Without Leave (AWL) for the first time.
In November 1917 while in a Canadian Casualty Clearing Station (CCS), William donated blood used to treat Lt C.H. Brown of the 27th Canadian Battalion. Brown’s Commanding Officer subsequently wrote a letter of commendation which was placed in William’s service record.

After being transferred to England William was again AWL. Perhaps it was while he was recuperating in England that he met Bessie Rose Mantle whom he married in June 1918. He was also attached to the Overseas Training Battalion and in September was appointed Fitter and transferred back to France.
Soon after, William was diagnosed with Gonorrhoea and transferred back to England for treatment. Then followed two periods of AWL including a period from April to November 1919 at the end of which he surrendered and faced a District Court Martial.
William returned to Australia, with his wife, in 1920.
Not much is known of William following the war but in 1940 he again enlisted in the AIF.  In December 1943 he was discharged on medical grounds. He died in Brisbane in 1965.

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