Chapman Valley History

William Ernest Sharpe

1640, Corporal William Ernest SHARPE
Unit: 11th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcements, AIF

Where Born: Lancaster, Carnforth, Lancashire, England
School: State School, Kyneton, Victoria
Occupation: Bushman
Religion: Church of England
Marital status: Single
Parents: William Waters and Emma Sharpe, Lilydale Grove, Auburn, Victoria
Description: Height 5’ 6½”; weight 124 lbs; 33½ /35 ½”; fair complexion; blue eyes; light brown hair

War Service: William was 2½ years with the “B” Company, 8th A.I.R before enlisting on 28 Sep 1914 at Blackboy Hill, WA, aged 27 years 11 months. He was promoted to Corporal, 01 Jan 1915 and embarked 22 Feb 1915 per HMAT Itonus from Fremantle, WA, joining his battalion at the Dardanelles 07 May 1915. He fought in the battalion’s preparatory attacks at the southern end of the ANZACs’ position before the Battle of Lone Pine.
Killed in Action: 06 Aug 1915, Dardanelles, Turkey, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Shell Green Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey.
Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Military Connections: Brother-in-law: 1023 Sergeant James H. Sandford, 21st Battalion, killed in action, Broodseinde, 09 October 1917