William GRAHAM

William GRAHAM

Per his military service record (Depot), Graham William was born at Dumfries, Scotland.[1]  He gave his age as 30 years, his marital status as single, and his occupation as miner (coal). His description on his Certificate of Medical Examination was height 5 feet 7 ¾ inches tall, [weight not recorded], with a sallow dark complexion, brown eyes, and brown hair. His religious denomination was Church of England. He claimed that he had 5 years previous military service with the Royal Garrison Artillery.

He listed his next of kin as ‘None’ on his Attestation Paper.

His postal address on his initial Application to Enlist in the Australian Imperial Force form was Grey Street, Lithgow.

He completed his medical examination on the 5th November 1915 at Katoomba, and was attested at Katoomba by Lieutenant F. Middenway on the same day.

‘W. Graham’ was named in The Blue Mountain Echo as one of the recruits who joined the Coo-ees at Katoomba.[2]

After completing the Coo-ee March he went to Liverpool Camp as reinforcement for the 13th Battalion.

On 17th November 1915 Private Graham went before a medical board at Liverpool Camp, where he was diagnosed to be suffering from Nystagmus, and unfit for active service.

Private Graham was discharged medically unfit on 29th November 1915.


[1] NAA: B2455, GRAHAM W

[2] ‘March o’er the Mountains’, The Blue Mountain Echo, 12 November 1915, pp. 2-3, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article108042142


2 responses to “William GRAHAM

  1. Hi Helen – wondering if you have done any research on the number of recruits who proved to be medically unfit within a short time of signing up ? Always enjoy reading your postings.

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