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Pte. William Northam Shalders

Australian Imperial Forces 5th Pioneer Battalion

from:Northam, nr Perth, Western Australia

William enlisted aged 21, he is described as being 5' 10", weighing 130 lbs with dark brown hair, grey eyes and a fair complexion. He embarked from Australia in November 1915 and joined the 32nd Btn, and went to the Suez. He was transferred to the 5th Pioneer Battalion on the 4th May 1916 and embarked from Alexandria to Marsailles aboard the Canada to join the BEF. was wounded in action, a gun shot wound to the left hand on the 19th Sept 1917. He was treated by 67th Field Ambulance and evacuated via 3CCS to Hospital at Etaples was then transferred to the 5th ADBD at Le Harve. He returned to his unit in October.

William transferred to the 5th Machine Gun Battalion on the 18th May 1918 and was wounded in action with a gun shot wound for a second time on the 18th of September 1918. William returned to Australia in April 1919.

His two brothers, also served with the AIF, Victor with the 33rd Btn and Clarence with the 10th Light Horse.

Trevor Fenton

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