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William Henry Thorburn

William Henry Thorburn

Male 1895 - 1919  (Age: 23)    Has 28 ancestors but no descendants in our family tree.


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  • Name William Henry Thorburn 
    Born 11 Jul 1895  Bairnsdale, Victoria, AustraliaFind all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Military Service 15 Mar 1918  Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaFind all individuals with events at this location 
    • Serviceman 3485, William enlisted in the Australian Flying Corps at Laverton Airbase, just to the north of Melbourne, Victoria. He was assigned to No.4 Squadron as a 2nd Class Air Mechanic.

      William sailed aboard HMAT Zealandic on 4 October 1918 but on 28 October, he was admitted to the ship's hospital where he stayed until 12 November (reason unknown). William arrived in London on 5 December 1918 ond on 13 December transferred out to the Royal Air Force base at Blandford, Dorset, England, to prepare for overseas service. On 28 December, William departed for service in France.

      On 12 January 1919, William was taken ill and admitted to hospital In the 64th Casualty Clearing Station, Cologne, Germany, suffering from Influenza. His military record notes him as "dangerously ill" and a message to that effect was sent to Melbourne and presumably to his family. He died of Pneumonia just 2 days later, at 06.00 on 14 January 1919.

      William's Military records can be found at the National Archives of Australia.
    Died 14 Jan 1919  Cologne, GermanyFind all individuals with events at this location 
    Cause: Pneumonia 
    Address :  
    64th Casualty Clearing Station 
    Buried Aft 14 Jan 1919  Cologne, GermanyFind all individuals with events at this location 
    Address :  
    South Cemetery (Sudfriedhof) 
    • Graves were re-numbered by March 1925. William's remains are now in Plot1, Row "B", Grave 16.
    CWGC Commemoration: THORBURN, William Henry (1919)
    CWGC Commemoration: THORBURN, William Henry (1919)
    William died of Pneumonia whilst serving in the 4th Squadron, Australian Flying Corps.
    Plot: Grave Ref: I. B. 16.
    Siblings 13 siblings 
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    Person ID I5300  Mitchell Families
    Last Modified 30 Nov 2012 

    Father William Farquharson Thorburn (ID:I2041)
              b. 13 Jun 1845, Kirkcaldy, Fifeshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 11 Nov 1928, Preston, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83) 
    Mother Elizabeth Witham (ID:I1946)
              b. 28 Jan 1854, Portland, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 10 Apr 1951, North Brighton, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 97) 
    Married 17 Mar 1872  Omeo, Victoria, AustraliaFind all individuals with events at this location 
    • The marriage witnesses were George Thorburn and Grace Margaret Thorburn.
    Children 14 children 
    Family ID F539  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 11 Jul 1895 - Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - 15 Mar 1918 - Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Pneumonia - 14 Jan 1919 - Cologne, Germany Link to Google Earth
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    South Cemetery (Sudfriedhof) - Aft 14 Jan 1919 - Cologne, Germany
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