Fell, Air Mechanic Class II William Hewitt (607)

No 1 Sqn AFC

William Fell came from Delhouse, Victoria and was 22 and working as a Labourer when he joined the 1st Light Horse at Rosebery Park, NSW, on 1 September 1914 before he left Sydney on HMAT A42 Boorowa* on 20 December 1914. He served at Gallipoli from May to August, when he was evacuated to Egypt due to illness. He was to spend several periods in hospital in Egypt over the next two years, before he transferred to No 1 Sqn AFC in August 1917. Further spells in hospital followed before he returned to his unit.

He was working in the darkroom at 40th Wing Headquarters on 4 May 1918 when he heard the sound of an aeroplane crashing nearby. He ran toward the wreckage of an RFC Martinsyde Elephant when a bomb exploded. Debris struck him in the right leg and back and he died from the wounds. In The Sky Their Battlefield, his death is attributed to an enemy bombing raid.

AMII W H Fell is buried in Grave CC 59 at Ramleh War Cemetery, Palestine.

* = HMAT A42 Boorowa was the renamed former German steamer Pfalz, captured in Port Phillip Bay on 5 August 1914, after the coastal artillery battery at Queenscliff fired the first shot by the British Empire during The Great War..

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