05. Wollongong Enlistments WWI



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Theatres of War
32 of the 50 veterans served in France and 6 served at Gallipoli.

Age at Enlistment
The youngest enlister was Reg Bodimeade who falsified his age and was 16 years old . The oldest was Thomas Irwin Sr who also falsified his age and was actually 58 years old. Average age is 24 years.

Rank at Enlistment
42 of the 50 enlistments entered at the rank of private. This indicates that there were very few  with any prior military experience

Date of Discharge
10 of the 50  soldiers were not demobbeduntil almost one year after the signing of the Armistice. 12 of the 50 were Killed In Action.