Biography

Birth date: 1887
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Rushworth
Death date: 04 September 1915
Death place: Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Gallipoli
Final rank: Second Lieutenant
Service number: 364 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 9th Australian Light Horse Regiment

William Cameron was a Commission Agent from Rushworth, Victoria who enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) on 23 September 1914. Cameron had some previous military experience, having spent four and a half years with the Light Horse prior to the war, and entered the AIF as a farrier sergeant. His younger brother, Hugh James Cameron, also served in the AIF with the 8th Light Horse Regiment.

He joined the 9th Light Horse Regiment and departed Melbourne aboard HMAT Karroo on 11 February 1915. Cameron arrived with his regiment at Gallipoli in May and remained in reserve until August when he was part of the successful attack on Hill 60, and also receiving a promotion to temporary second lieutenant. Unfortunately, on 4 September 1915, Cameron was killed in action in the area around Rhododendron Spur. William Cameron is buried at the 7th Field Ambulance Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey.

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Date of Death: 04 September 1915
  • Unit: 9th Australian Light Horse Regiment

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Farrier Sergeant
  • Date of embarkation: 11 February 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne

Collection Items

Photograph

H06630

PORTRAIT OF 364 LIEUTENANT WILLIAM CAMERON, 9TH REGIMENT, 3RD AUSTRALIAN LIGHT HORSE BRIGADE, KILLED IN ACTION 1915-09-04.

H06630

H02779

The graves of Second Lieutenant (2nd Lt) William Cameron, Lieutenant-Colonel (Lt Col) Carew Reynell and Captain (Capt) Alfred John Jaffray, of the 9th Australian Light Horse Regiment. All embarked from Melbourne on HMAT Karroo on 11 February 1915. A commission agent from Rushworth, Vic prior to...

H02779

Private Record

Cameron, William (Second Lieutenant, b.? - d.1915)

Collection relating to service of 364 Second Lieutenant William Cameron, 9 Light Horse Regiment, Gallipoli, 1915. Collection includes copy of diary written by Cameron, 16 May 1915-30 August 1915. Copy probably made 1920s for the Official Historian. Location of original unknown. Maker: Cameron, William

1DRL/0185 (With records)

Digitised Collection

Diary for William Cameron, 1915

Diary relating to the First World War service of 364 Second Lieutenant William Cameron, 9th Light Horse Regiment. The diary was written at Gallipoli between 16 May and 30 August 1915. In the diary, William Cameron describes his experiences of fighting in the trenches at Gallipoli and despairs at...

RCDIG0000219

Timeline

Date of birth 1887
Date of embarkation 1915-02-11
Date of death 1915-09-04