Private Basil Claude Truran

Service number 4016, WX9969; Private
Birth Date 1897-07-09
Birth Place Australia: South Australia, Adelaide
Death Date 1973-09-29
Death Place Australia: Western Australia, Mandurah
Final Rank Private
Unit 4th Australian Division Signals Company
  • First World War, 1914-1918
  • Second World War, 1939-1945

Private Basil Claude Truran served in both the First World War and the Second World War. In both wars he was a signaller; in the First World War, at 18 years, he served with the 16th Australian Infantry Battalion, in Egypt, France and Belgium. In the Second World War, at 47 years, he served with the 9th Australian Division, in North Africa and New Guinea. In the First World War, he served with three of his brothers, Herbert, William and Victor. Truran had four brothers and five sisters. He remained a bachelor all his life.



Date of birth 09 July 1897
date of birth 09 July 1903
Date of enlistment 18 August 1915
Date of embarkation 22 December 1915
Date returned to Australia 01 May 1919
Date of death 29 September 1973