Thorburn, Air Mechanic Class II William Henry (3485)

No 4 Sqn AFC

William Thorburn was born in Bairnsdale, Victoria, on 11 July 1895. He was working as a Cabinet Maker, and had served 5 years in the 52nd Infantry Battalion of the AMF, when he joined the AFC in Melbourne on 6 March 1918. After training at Laverton, he embarked on SS Zealandic in Melbourne on 1 October. He was ill on the voyage to Europe, and spent some him in the ship’s hospital. After arrival in the UK in early December he had to wait some three weeks before being posted to No 4 Sqn with the Occupation Forces at Cologne, in Germany, where he arrived on 6 January 1919. He was admitted to hospital with influenza soon after reaching his squadron.

He died at No 64 Casualty Clearing Station from pneumonia on 14 January 1919.

AMII W H Thorburn is buried in Grave I B 16 at Cologne Southern Cemetery, Germany.

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