William Victor Baily Wyatt – A son of Surrey Hills

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Maitland Room, The Cottage, Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre

Stephen Wyatt: William (willy) Victor Baily Wyatt – A son of Surrey Hills

William Victor Baily Wyatt, from Essex Road Surrey Hills, was a 22 year-old carpenter when he enlisted on 31 July 1915 and was assigned to the 5th Field Company Engineers as a sapper. He was killed in action on 3 May 1917. He has no known grave, but is commemorated at the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux in France and on The Shrine in the Surrey Gardens. His great-nephew Stephen Wyatt has a short history of his life and he and his brother will travel to Bullecourt, France for the 100th anniversary of his death.

William is mentioned in the diary of Fred Mawson, also of Surrey Hills. Their lives are similar in many respects. Fred was also a carpenter and assigned as a sapper to the 5th Field Engineers. He was killed in action on 9 November 1917. SHHS member Sandra Dexter has transcribed Fred’s diary, the original of which is part of the collection at ANZAC House, and richly illustrated and notated it. Entitled ‘A soldier’s privilege’, it will be launched at this meeting.

Visitors most welcome.

Supper follows the talk and launch – $4.50

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