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William Campbell Raine was living in Sebastapol and working as a Printer when he enlisted in the 8th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement on 22 September 1914 at the age of 21. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 16 July 1915. He served for a short time at Gallipoli until he was wounded on September 21st. He sustained a gunshot wound to his left thigh and was evacuated to the Tigne Hospital on Malta. He received further treatment at hospital at Heliopolis, Egypt, and in June 1916 he was transferred to England where he remained until the war was all but over. He crossed to France a few days before the Armistice was signed and eventually rejoined his battalion in early December 1918. He returned to Australia on the City of Poona and disembarked at Melbourne on May 14th 1919.
He had two brothers who also served: Driver Jonathan Raine, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade Ammunition Column, returned to Australia, 8 November 1918 (Tree No 176) and Pte Walter James Raine, Australian Railway Operating Company, returned to Australia, 22 July 1919 (Tree No 23)
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