William Henry Bucholtz
Serial No. 21705
Field Company Engineers
William Henry Bucholtz - Information
William decided to enlist in the AIF, with his younger brother, Stanley. The Bucholtz family originally came from Mudgee, where William was born. The family later settled on a property in Glenmore, near Camden. Here, William and Stanley worked as dairy farmers. William had gained military experience serving 3 years with the 41st Infantry. When William was 25, he and Stanley handed in their application forms to a recruiting officer in Camden. They later signed on in Sydney on the 20th of June 1917. They left the Royal Australian Showground Camp, for the M & D Depot in Liverpool, and were made Sappers with the Field Company Engineers. They attended Roseville School for instruction and eventually departed Sydney on the 22nd of March 1918 onboard the HMAT Runic.
William and Stanley disembarked in London, and the same day marched out for details at Parkhouse. On the 17th of November, William and Stanley departed Southampton for France. The next day, they were taken on strength to the Australian General Base Depot for duty. Both William and Stanley were hindered by poor health. In May 1919, William was admitted to the 3rd Auxiliary Hospital in Dartford with debility. Stanley left England for Australia on the 3rd of July, with William receiving his travel orders on the 22nd of July.