William F A Daines

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Daines, Private William F. A. no.388

1st Australian General Hospital, formerly no.398 4th Battalion.

Undercliffe.

Dairy Farmer.

Born at Kendall, 1898, son of Arthur C. and Rose M. Daines.

Enlisted 24/2/1916 at Kendall, NSW.

Taken on strength of the 34th Battalion 22/3/1916.

Transferred to the 4th Battalion 2/10/1916. At 1st AGH, Rouen, 2/4/1917 to 5/7/1917.

Casualty list SMH 18/12/1917.

Killed in Action 4/11/1917.

Mrs R. Daines, mother, c/- Mrs Parrott, 136 Cavendish Street, Stanmore.

(AWM Roll of Honour: compiled by Official Historical Staff).

AWM File IDRL428 Letters to Red Cross re Australian Servicemen:

Private F. Beattie no. 1058 4th Battalion, Havre Hospital: He was in A Company IV Platoon. I knew him slightly. He came back from England about 20th September, he had been away wounded. He came from Sydney. On 4th November, the Battalion was holding the line near Passchendaele. I was away sick at the time. When I got back to the Battalion about November Corporal Winne told me he saw Daines killed and that he was buried somewhere close by.

Private S.A. Young no.6351 4th Battalion, Australian Camp, Rouelles: I knew Private Daines. He had only been back a few days with the Battalion when he was killed at Westhoek. He was hit by a shell splinter in the stomach and I helped to dress his wound. He was unconscious. He was carried away on a stretcher by Private Feltham of 4th Battalion, a chum of his.

Letter from Lance Corporal F.G. Feltham no.5693 4th Battalion, France, 5/5/1918, London, 27/5/1918: He joined 4th Battalion about 18 months ago from the 34th Battalion. He was only with the 4th Battalion a short time when he was sent to hospital sick. He returned about mid October 1917 and went into reserve with us at Westhoek Ridge on 1 November. We were there four days when Daines was killed He was sitting next to me inside the dugout when a shell burst near the doorway a piece of which came through the doorway wounding Daines in the right side. He only lived about 10 minutes. I was one of the four who buried him, between Westhoek Ridge and Ypres in the field not in a cemetery. The place is still in our hands. Daines was a chap about 18 or 19 about 5 ’6" and very thin, dark hair and complexion dark. His pocket wallet and a few other articles were taken by one of the burying party but he was killed also and I was unable to procure them. Daines resided at Undercliffe a few miles out of Sydney before enlisting. A cross was erected over his grave. The grave is 400 yards on the Ypres side of a wood known as Chateau Wood.

Killed in action 4/11/1917, in Flanders, aged 19.

Memorial on the Menin Gate.

No clear Australian War Memorial record.

Special acknowledgement

The primary source of the information on this page is copied from the prize winning publication Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. This book is the culmination of 12 years (1988-2000) research by a team of volunteers from the Canterbury and District Historical Society led by Dr Lesley Muir. Without this team's effort and dedication and the Society's willingness and support, this information would not be available today.

Note

An uneditable version of the book Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe is in the eBook section of this wiki. In the main section, there is an alphabetical list of the 1,911 individuals recorded in the book - the list is titled Canterbury's Boys List. Each name in the list is linked to an editable biographical file created by copying the biography copied from the book. These editable biographies have been created to provide the space for descendants, historians, researchers, etc to add information, photographs, newspaper articles, memories, etc. they have discovered so it is available for this and future generations.

Reference

Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. Edited by Lesley Muir. Campsie, N.S.W. : Canterbury and District Historical Society, 2002