• Geboortejaar: 1892
  • Geboorteplaats: Surry Hills, Sydney, New South Wales, Australië
  • Datum van overlijden: 04/10/1917
  • Plaats van overlijden: Jabber Trench, Westhoek, België
  • Doodsoorzaak: Killed in action (K.I.A.)
  • Leeftijd: 25
  • Beroep: Schapenboer
  • Geloof: Church of England
  • Land: Australië
  • Rang: Driver
  • Service nummer: 1006
  • Dienstneming datum: 19/09/1914
  • Dienstneming plaats: Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales, Australië
  • Laatst gekende eenheid: Australian Infantry, 2nd Bn.
  • Strijdmacht: Australian Imperial Force

Gedenkplaats

Onderscheidingen en medailles 2

British War Medal Medaille
Victory Medal Medaille

Extra informatie

Driver William Cork enlisted the AIF at the age of 22 on 19/09/1914 at Sydney. The former shearer served at the 2nd Australian Battalion, part of the First Division, 1st Brigade.

As a single man, he still lived together with his widowed mother Margaret.

On 21st december 1914 he embarked for the Middle East and served at Gallipoli. In november 1916 he sailed to England where he attended the Group Lewis Gun School and it was only in september 1917 that he left England for France where he was taken in strength on 29/09/1917.

On the 4th October 1917 the 2nd Battalion was at the front near Westhoek Ridge and participated in the Battle of Polygon Wood (26/9-3/10/17) as in the Battle of Broodseinde (4/10/17) both part of the Battle of Passchendaele (=3rd Battle of Ypres).

When taking their positions on the 3rd October to start the attack in the early morning of the 4th October, the 2nd Battalion was heavy shelled by the Germans. Patrols were send out on the night of the 3rd/4th to find out the condition of No-Man’s Land and also to see what post the Germans occupied.
On the 4th in the morning the Germans placed a very heavy near the front line of the 2nd Battalion. The artillery of the 2nd opened and the attacking troops of the 1st Brigade passed through the lines of the 2nd Battalion. The shelling on the lines became far more intense at about 10.00, causing severe casualties. The shelling was so intense on the left that the B Company had to be moved up to the center of the section.

Driver William Cork was killed in action during these operations. His body went missing later. Now he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres, bay 7 stone H together with his older brother Arthur Ernest Cork who felt also the 3rd or 4th October 1917.
Two other brothers 2705 Driver Clarence Stanley Cork (the youngest, age 20, also a shearer), and 6734 Private Sydney Thornton Cork (father of five, aged 36) both returned safely to Australia

Connectie's met andere militairen 1

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