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Bacchus Marsh
Avenue of Honour

Private William Chapman Booth

Service No.:
2nd Pioneer Battalion(1)
Tree No.:
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Miss E Campbell
Image of plaque on tree S022 for William Booth
Image of Service Medal - British War Medal

William Chapman Booth was born at Bacchus Marsh, VIC, in 1898, to William Booth and Christina Campbell. William had a brother, Thomas, who is also remembered in the Avenue.

Living at Rowsley, VIC, near Bacchus Marsh and working as a labourer, William Booth enlisted in the AIF on the 17th of January 1917, at the age of 18. He embarked from Melbourne aboard the HMAT Shropshire with the 2nd Australian Pioneer Battalion(1), 9th Reinforcements in May and disembarked at Plymouth, England, in July.

He was hospitalised with influenza for a time shortly after arriving in England. In May 1918 William was at the Brigade Signal School, Sutton Veny. In March 1919 he was detached from the 2nd Pioneers for duty with AIF Headquarters. William spent two weeks in hospital at the end of August before embarking for Australia aboard the Raranga in September, arriving home at the end of October 1919.

William was discharged from the AIF on the 23rd of January 1920. He was living at Hawthorn, VIC, shortly after discharge and died at Heidelberg(2), VIC, in 1973, aged 74.

He is listed on the Shire of Bacchus Marsh Roll of Honour and the Bacchus Marsh & District Roll of Honour.


  1. Pioneer battalions differed from normal infantry in that they would be composed of a mixture of men who were experienced with picks and shovels and some who had skilled trades . A Pioneer battalion would also carry a range of technical stores that infantry would not.
  2. Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital

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Last updated by lee, Tue, 27 Apr 2021 11:26:28