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Bacchus Marsh
Avenue of Honour

Gunner William Henry Connell

Service No.:
5th Divisional Ammunition Column
Tree No.:
Planted by:
Thomas Kyle
Image of plaque on tree N063 for William Connell
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Image of Service Medal - British War Medal Image of Service Medal - Victory Medal

William was born in Bacchus Marsh, VIC, on the 16th of June 1896 to John Connell and Mary Allan. William had a brother, James, who is also remembered in the Avenue.

William was a farmer, living in Bacchus Marsh, VIC, when he enlisted in the AIF, 31st Reinforcements, 4th Light Horse Regiment on the 8th of August 1917, aged 21. He embarked aboard the HMAT A38 Ulysses at the end of December, disembarking at Suez, Egypt, in January 1918. In February William re-embarked at Alexandria, Egypt, disembarking in Taranto, Italy, later that month. He finally disembarked in Southampton, England, in March 1918.

In May 1918 he proceeded to France to reinforce the Artillery - he joined the 5th Divisional Ammunition Column in the field at the end of May. William was charged with failure to appear at parade and forfeited three days pay in August. He was granted two weeks leave in England in late February 1919 and after he rejoined his unit in Belgium, was attached for duty with the 13th Field Artillery Brigade. William returned to England in May 1919 and embarked for Australia in July, arriving back in Australia in July. He was discharged from the AIF in September.

He is listed on the Shire of Bacchus Marsh Roll of Honour and the Bacchus Marsh & District Roll of Honour. He is also remembered in the Coimadai Avenue of Honour.


  1. He was a Trooper when he embarked with the 4th LHR but became a Gunner when he transferred to the 5th DAC.
  2. He embarked with the 4th LHR but transferred to the 5th DAC.

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Last updated by lee, Sat, 28 Aug 2021 11:00:25