William Worth

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First name: William

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Last name: Worth

Personal information:
William Worth was born in England in 1894 and came to Australia with his family in 1899. In 1914, William gained experience at the Water Works in Wagga Wagga for a possible engineering career. At the age of 19, he joined the 3rd Battalion and trained at Kensington, Sydney. He sailed to Egypt on S.S. Euripides and then went to Gallipoli, where he was seriously wounded by a bullet through his neck and back on 19 May 1915. He received hospital treatment in Malta, London and Essex. Upon returning to Australia in 1917, he received further treatment and rehabilitation at Randwick Hospital, but remained partially paralysed for the rest of his life. He worked as a clerk at Victoria Barracks in Sydney in the Defence Dept. It was here that he met Joan Butler, who became his wife in 1924. He was the first president of the Gallipoli Legion Bowling Club. William died ca.1981
Ward diary, 6 October 1914 - 28 July 1915
Diary of Eric Harford Ward

More than just this dairy (which is incredibly moving), it's the stories you piece together by reading other material in our collection. While on duty, Eric Ward wrote several letters to his home town paper The Bathurst TimesYou can even get a small glimpse of his life after the war with mention of a wedding. These documents are like pieces of a puzzle that together show a picture of a man who went to war and, thankfully, returned home.

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