Michael William Guthrie
Serial No. 3929
1st Pioneer Battalion & 3rd Divisional Ammunition Column
Michael William Guthrie - Information
Michael William Guthrie was born in Campbelltown. When the war started, he was living near Richmond River and working as a labourer. At the age of 28, he enlisted at Lismore on the 4th of January 1917. He was delegated to the 1st Pioneer Battalion as a Private, and left Sydney on the 24th January 1917 for overseas.
Michael arrived in Devonport at the end of March, and was taken to a Training Battalion. In November 1917, Michael was transferred to the artillery as a Gunner. He then proceeded to France via Southampton in February 1918, joining the 3rd Division Artillery Column. Michael and his unit provided munitions to forward units for operations. It was a dangerous job travelling close to artillery units, as they were often targeted by enemy fire. On the 12th of September, Michael accidentally injured his left knee, and was evacuated to hospital in England. He was still in hospital when the war ended, and was subsequently invalided home due to his knee injury in December 1918.