Stories of Remembrance

Army, First World War (1914-18)William Bigmore,

William Charles Bigmore was a brave soldier who was willing to fight for his ‘mother country’. Without brave soldiers like William, we would not have the freedom we enjoy today.
Manisha Sivathas, St Monica's College, Epping

 William Charles Bigmore was a Private who was later promoted as Private Corporal in the Army Medical Corps unit of the Great War. He embarked from Adelaide on 10 February 1917 to fight for his ‘mother country’. He was born in Bundoora, Victoria in 1887, and was the only child of John William Bigmore and Alathea Wood. William Charles Bigmore was a motorman who operated an electrified tram or train before he attended the Great War. He married Nellie Myrtle Bigmore on 14 October 1908 at the age of 21. He moved to South Australia after he had married her. They had no children before Bigmore attended the Great War. At the age of 28, Bigmore enlisted to be a part of the Great War on the 17 July 1916 at Kent Town, South Australia. He became part of the Army Medical Corps – 11th Field Ambulance unit. He left Australia on 10 February 1917 on HMAT Seang Bee. He travelled to Devonport, Southampton, France and England. He came back to Australia on 29 August 1919. Bigmore received three medals for his hard work and effort. He received the British War Medal which was given for attending the Great War. He received the Victory Medal which was given to commemorate the victory of Allied Forces over the Central Powers. He also received the Star which was given to specific units of the Great War. Bigmore was 177cm tall and 80kg in weight. He had fair skin with rosy cheeks. He had light brown hair with grey eyes. Bigmore was religious and believed in the Church of Christ. William Charles Bigmore was a brave soldier who was willing to fight for his ‘mother country’. Without brave soldiers like William, we would not have the freedom we enjoy today.

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