Shilcock, Air Mechanic Class II William Charles (769)

No 4 Sqn AFC

William Shilcock was born in Southampton, England, and was a Carpenter, aged 24, when he joined the Light Horse at Oakland, South Australia, on 28 November 1914. Prior to moving to Australia, he had served in the Hampshire Regiment for four years. After transfers to the Medical Corps and the Engineers, he embarked on HMAT A71 Nestor at Adelaide on 1 October 1915. He fractured his ankle in Egypt, and returned to Australia in February 1916, after which he joined the AFC and returned to Europe on HMAT A38 Ulysses, which left Melbourne on 28 October. After training in England, he was posted to No 71 (Australian) Sqn in France in December 1917. He served with the squadron on the Western Front until after the Armistice, before moving to Cologne as part of the Occupation Force, where he became ill with influenza on 17 January 1919.

He died from pneumonia at No 44 Casualty Clearing Station on 18 January 1919.

AMII W C Shilcock is buried in Grave I B 21at Cologne Southern Cemetery, Germany.

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