Henry John Whillance

Name     Henry John Whillance

Number    Private 2558

Battalion      58th Battalion  

Place of Birth   Orbost

Next of Kin   His father, Mr. R D Whillance Gladston St Orbost

Date and place of enlistment   Melbourne 3/8/1915

Physical details on enlistment   Age 25 years 4 months, 5’ 8”, 11 stone 6 pounds, grey eyes and brown hair

Religion   Presbyterian

Occupation   farm labourer

Date and place of death

He was instantly killed in action when hit in the chest by a piece of shell on 26/3/1917

Location of grave or memorial

He is on the Memorial at Villers Bretonneux France

Relationship to Woorayl Shire

There is no clear connection

Military History

A very confused file as there seems to be two men with this name.

  • He is on the Koorooman East Honour Roll
  • 3/8/15 He enlisted in Melbourne
  • 25/9/16 He embarked on HMAT Shropshire
  • 11/11/16 He disembarked in Plymouth
  • 8/12/16 He was admitted to hospital
  • 17/3/17 He went to his unit
  • 26/3/17 He was killed in action
  • In his missing and wounded file the report stated that he was hit in the chest with a piece from a shell and died instantly. The witness was E S Dyke
  • His parents lived in Orbost
  • His effects consisted of a wallet, photos and coins in a pouch
  • His parents received his medals and plaque

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