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5th Pioneers AIF October 1917 whereabouts ?


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I have recently discovered the following 'local' chap served in the AIF thanks to a Forum pal's help and wondered if any one could assist with what the 5th AIF where up to around 8th October 1917 ?

Wilson, Maurice


Pioneers Australia 5th AIF

Enlisted Claremont Australia

KIA 08/10/1917 Aged 36

Born Barnard Castle

Next of Kin mother Mrs Margaret C Wilson The Grove, Galgate, Barnard Castle

Memorials at Bowes Museum, St Marys Church (Barnard Castle) and Menin Gate

Any additions would be helpful.

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Claremont would be Western Australia.

His service record is available on line from the National Archives of Australia


Bright Blessings


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I am extremely grateful for this help. The Australian archives (on-line) have 52 document images on my chap. I can piece together so much of his story from this and from the comfort of my own home, unlike our National Archives. This is the way it should be.

My thanks to all who have helped me with this thread.

Maurice Wilson is the only know chap from my town to have served with the AIF (at least the only one I have discovered to date). Barnard Castle also had a Canadian service and a New Zealand service amongst their fallen. I have received incredible help on all 3 of them and I thought they would have been the most difficult to research, or even to begin to research.

Thank you


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The 5th Pioneer Battalion does have a history which I was going to have a look at the next time I went to the State Library so I will have a look to see if your soldier is mentioned.



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