William Charles Ledwell
Serial No. 1684
55th Battalion & 56th Battalion
William Charles Ledwell - Information
William was a son of The Oaks local, William Ledwell and his wife Amelia. The Ledwells moved further inland, where William Charles was born in Junee. When the war began, William Charles was living on Edward St in Wagga Wagga with his family. Here, he found work as a printer. When he was 19, he enlisted in Wagga Wagga on the 1st of February 1915. During training, he was made a Private with the 2nd Reinforcements, 55th Battalion, and left Sydney on the 14th of April 1916 upon the HMAT Ceramic.
William arrived in Port Said in mid May, and the following month was transferred to the 56th Battalion at Moascar. A few days later, he left Alexandria for France. The 56th shortly participated in action during the Battle of Fromelles on the 19th of July. Here, he was listed as missing in action on the 20th of July, However, he had been wounded, hit in the chest wall by a bullet. The 14th Field Ambulance rushed him to the Casualty Clearing Station, and from there, admitted to hospital in Calais on the 21st. On the 29th, he was invalided to England to the Bradford War Hospital. On the 15th of February 1917, William returned to France. He rejoined his unit in mid March. At the time, the Germans were withdrawing to a new fortified position known as the Hindenburg Line. The Anzacs were ordered to chase them. In their advance, William was killed in action on the 2nd of April 1917. Sadly, his gravesite was lost. His name was later inscribed on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial in France.