• Year of birth: 1884
  • Place of birth: Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Date of death: 12/10/1917
  • Place of death: Between Seine and Beecham (West of Tyne Cot), Belgium
  • Cause of death: Killed in action (K.I.A.)
  • Age: 33
  • Profession: Painter
  • Country: Australia
  • Rank: Private
  • Service number: 3063
  • Enlistment date: 11/09/1916
  • Enlistment place: Sydney Showground (Moore Park), New South Wales, Australia
  • Last known unit: Australian Infantry, 33rd Bn.
  • Force: Australian Imperial Force


Additional information

Private William Guest was born in Glasgow, Scotland. As young man he served 5 years within the Glasgow Highlanders. Later he emigrated to Australia and worked as painter in Sydney, New South Wales.

On September 11th 1916 he enlisted to the AIF and was allocated to the 7th Reinforcements, 33th Battalion (part of the 3rd Division, 9th Brigade).
At 05.25 a.m. October 12th 1917 the barrage started for the First Battle of Passchendale, a stage in the Third Battle of Ypres. The 9th Australian Brigade attacked with the 34th and 35th Battalion while the 33th Battalion was in reserve.

As we can read in the reports of the Austrailan Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files, William Guest must have taken shelter in a dugout when a shell landed near him, the concussion of which killed him instantly.

Private William Guest was 33 years old and his remains were burried on Tyne Cot Cemetery plot XXXVI, row F, grave 16.