Biography

Birth date: 28 March 1887
Birth place: Australia: New South Wales, Yass
Death date: 22 August 1915
Death place: Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Chanak, Gallipoli Peninsula
Final rank: Second Lieutenant
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 18th Australian Infantry Battalion

Wilfred Emmott Addison was born at Yass, New South Wales during 1887. He was educated at Singleton Grammar School. His parents were Glentworth Addison and Harriet Binning Addison. Four of his uncles and several of his cousins also saw active service with the Australian Imperial Force.

At the outbreak of the First World War, Addison was working as an accountant at the Commercial Bank of Australia. He had some previous military experience as he had completed 10 months service with the 25th Scottish Rifles.

Addison enlisted in the AIF on 23 December 1914 and his prior military service helped secure him a commission as a second lieutenant. Addison was assigned to the 18th Infantry Battalion and departed Sydney aboard HMAT Ceramic on 25 June 1915.

Addison was stationed briefly in Egypt before deployment to Gallipoli. He was killed in action on 22 August 1915 during the landings at Suvla Bay. He died as part of a charge against Turkish positions on Hill 60. Wilfred Addison is commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli.

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Date of Death: 22 August 1915
  • Unit: 18th Australian Infantry Battalion

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Date of embarkation: 25 June 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files

  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Unit: 18th Australian Infantry Battalion

Private Record

Addison, Wilfred Emmott (Lieutenant, b.1887 - d.1915)

Collection (photostat copies and original manuscript) relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant Wilfred Emmott Addison, 18 Battalion, Egypt and Gallipoli, 1915. Collection consists of a diary in the form of a letter describing voyage to, and hospital activities in, Cairo. Also... Maker: Addison, Wilfred Emmott

1DRL/0009 (With records)

Photograph

P07688.001

Informal group portrait of D Company, 18th Battallion, at Liverpool Camp, NSW. Amongst this group is 1287 Private (Pte) Leonard Stevenson Taylor, of Petersham, NSW. Pte Taylor, a carpenter prior to enlistment, embarked with the 18th Battalion on board HMAT Ceramic (A40) on 25 June 1915. He was...

P07688.001

Digitised Collection

Diary for Wilfred Emmott Addison, 1915

Original diary relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant Wilfred Emmott Addison, 18th Battalion. The diary, in the form of a letter and sent to his mother, was written by Wilfred Addison between 4 July and 20 August 1915. In the diary, Addison describes his life aboard the SS Ceramic...

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Photostat copy of the diary for Wilfred Emmott Addison, 1915

Photostat copy of diary relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant Wilfred Emmott Addison, 18th Battalion. The original diary, in the form of a letter and sent to his mother, was written by Wilfred Addison between 24 June and 13 August 1915. In the diary, Addison describes his life...

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Letters from Wilfred Emmott Addison to his Mother, 1915

Photostat copy of letters relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant Wilfred Emmott Addison, 18th Battalion. The original letters were written by Wilfred Addison to his mother between 26 June and 18 August 1915. In the letters, Addison describes his experiences in Egypt and training...

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Operation order and map relating to Wilfred Emmott Addison, 1915

Photostat copy of an operation order and map relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant Wilfred Emmott Addison, 18th Battalion. The original order and map were issued by Brigadier General Russell on 22 August 1915, the date of Addison's death and detail an attack on Turkish trenches at...

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Letter from Charlie Addison to his Mother, 1915

Photostat copy of a letter relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant Wilfred Emmott Addison, 18th Battalion. The original letter was sent by 1793 Private Charles Glentworth Addison to his mother, Mrs Addison on the 25 August 1915. In the letter, which includes a hand-drawn map,...

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Letter from Lieutenant Colonel Chapman to Mrs Addison, 1915

Photostat copy of a letter relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant Wilfred Emmott Addison, 18th Battalion. The original letter was written by Lieutenant Colonel Chapman to Mrs Addison on 10 September 1915 and expresses his condolences for the loss of her son. The photostat copy was...

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Letter from YMCA to Mrs Addison, 1915

Photostat copy of a letter relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant Wilfred Emmott Addison, 18th Battalion. The original letter was sent by the YMCA to Mrs Addison on 7 December 1915 and expresses their condolences for the loss of Wilfred Addison. The photostat copy was made by the...

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Letter from Reverend George Trilford Walden to Mrs Addison, 1916

Photostat copy of letter relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant Wilfred Emmott Addison, 18th Battalion. The original letter was sent by Reverend George Trilford Walden to Mrs Addison on 24 May 1916, expressing his sympathy for the loss of her son. The photostat copy was made by the...

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Letter from Sergeant Roberts to Mrs Addison, 1916

Photostat copy of a letter relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant Wilfred Emmott Addison, 18th Battalion. The original letter was sent by Sergeant Roberts to Mrs Addison on 8 September 1916, expressing his shock at the loss of Wilfred Addison. The photostat copy was made by the...

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Letter from Brigadier Holmes to Mrs Addison, 1916

Photostat copy of a letter relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant Wilfred Emmott Addison, 18th Battalion. The original letter was written by Brigadier William Holmes to Mrs Addison on 29 October 1916. In the letter, Brigadier Holmes attempts to answer questions about Wilfred...

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Letter from Sergeant Webster to Mrs Addison, 1916

Photostat copy of a letter relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant Wilfred Emmott Addison, 18 Battalion. The original letter, expressing condolences for the loss of Wilfred Addison, was sent by Sergeant David Ross Webster to Mrs Addison on 7 November 1916.

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Extract relating to Wilfred Emmott Addison, Undated

Extract of a letter relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant Wilfred Emmott Addison, 18 Battalion. The undated extract was taken from a letter written by Captain William Samuel Hinton detailing the death of Addison. The photostat copy was made by the Australian War Memorial in 1928. ...

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Timeline

Date of birth 1887-03-28
Date of embarkation 1915-06-25
Date of death 1915-08-22