Serial No. 2156
17th Battalion & 36th Battalion
William Dunban - Information
William Dunban was born in Menangle c1872, and when the war commenced was living at 125 Church St in Parramatta. He supported himself working as a carpenter, having completed an apprenticeship with O’Mackey on Crown St, Sydney. He had previously served in the artillery for three years. Just after the boys stormed up the shores of Anzac Cove at Gallipoli, William decided to join up. He enlisted on the 1st of May 1915 in Liverpool, aged 43. He trained at Liverpool, and was posted to the 4th Reinforcements, 17th Battalion as a Private. William was having difficulty during training, and in early August, was charged with drunkenness. The following month, he underwent a medical review board. Subsequently, he was medically discharged on the 10th of September with rheumatism. William then decided to enlist again, on the 21st of March 1916. He was transported to Cootamundra, before going to Rutherford, where he was posted to the 36th Battalion. However, William’s health continued to be a problem, and he was medically discharged on the 8th of August.