Private William Thomas Connolly

Service number 3585A, 3522, 3585
Birth Date 1899
Birth Place Australia: New South Wales, Burraga
Death Date 1916-07-19
Death Place France
Final Rank Private
Service Australian Imperial Force
Unit 54th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • First World War, 1914-1918
  • First World War, 1914-1918
  • First World War, 1914-1918

Private William Thomas Connolly (3585, 54th Battalion) was born in Burraga, NSW, in 1899. He was working as a miner when he enlisted in August 1915. William was killed in action during the battle of Fromelles on 19 July 1916. Originally identified on a German Death List as killed in action, William had no known grave and was commemorated at the VC Corner Australian Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles. William was identified amongst soldiers found in a mass grave at Pheasant Wood, and is now buried in the Pheasant Wood Military Cemetery, Fromelles, France. William's mother later wrote that he was 17 years of age.



Date of birth 1899
Date of enlistment 08 August 1915
Date of enlistment 28 October 1915
Date of embarkation 02 November 1915
Date of death 19 July 1916
Date of fate 20 July 1916