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Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918


8th Battalion football team. This team were 1st Division premiers of the Australian Rules competition in 1917, 1918 and 1919.    3317 Pte William Girdwood of Kensington is in the middle row, fifth from the left.   Lt Donald Webb Kennedy (Battalion Sports Officer) is in the front row, third from the right.  France 1919.



Girdwood W    Pte    3317    William              24 Inf Bn    20    Apprentice carpenter    Single    Pres       

Address:    Kensington, Footscray Rd, 6   

Next of Kin:    Girdwood, Joseph, 6 Footscray Rd, Kensington   

Enlisted:    2 Aug 1915       

Embarked:     A73 Commonwealth 26 Nov 1915   


Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Enquiries Bureau Correspondence


Girdwood was killed at Pozieres on or about July 25th in the attack we made there.  This was the first time we were in the trenches at this place.  I saw him go down in the attack , and his platoon Sgt afterwards told me he was dead.  I was making enquiries and the Sgt spoke to me on the supposition that I was a relation.  I saw his name afterwards on the missing list.  There is no doubt he was killed

Reference Pte J Barker, 3022, A Coy
No 26 General, Etaples, 21.8.1916
3317 Pte W Girdwood 8th Bn
was shown as WIA Jul 16
Enlisted 2.8.15
Returned to Australia 28.3.19




War Service Commemorated

Flemington State School

Kensington Methodist Church

Essendon Gazette Roll of Honour Wounded

Regimental Register

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