Australian Infantry, A.I.F., 21st Btn., Military Cross and Bar
Killed in action in France on October 5th, 27th, 1918, aged 33
Buried at the Tincourt New British Cemetery in France
On March 25th, 1917, aged 32, he was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry in France, and on 28th of August 1918 he was awarded a bar to the Military Cross, again for gallantry in France.
William was killed in action on the Hindenburg Line in Northern France on October 5th, 1918, aged 33 years.
By 1910 he had settled in Leongatha, Australia, working as a carpenter and builder. In January 1915 he enlisted with D Company, 21st Battalion, 6th Australian Infantry and becomes a sergeant.
In May 1915, aged 30, he embarked for Gallipoli on the HMAT A38 Ulysses. In January 1916 he was involved in the retreat from Gallipoli, by which time he was company sergeant major and had been mentioned in dispatches. Later in 1916 he served in Arabia and the Suez Canal zone and was commissioned as second lieutenant.
William was born in Brecon on March 12th, 1885, the son of Thomas and Mary Hardwick. The family lived at 24, Pendre, Brecon in the early years of his life, before moving to 2, Jubilee Place, The Avenue, Brecon by 1901. William worked as a painter and plumber's
apprentice before he emigrated to Australia in 1906.
He departed from London on November 16th, aged 21, on the SS Ortona bound for Brisbane. He is listed as a painter.