William Albert Black was born in Ballarat and was a Commercial traveller by trade when he enlisted in the 8th Battalion 14th Reinforcements on 10 September 1915 at the age of 29. He trained with the 23rd Depot Battalion at Royal Park Melbourne before transferring to Ballarat as a reinforcement for the 8th Battalion. On January 28th 1916 he embarked from Melbourne on the Themistocles but illness forced an extended stop in Egypt. It was not until August that he was able to travel on to England, then in September he was able to join the 8th Battalion in Belgium. Illness again forced him back to England in March 1917 where he was attached to the Postal Corps at AIF Headquarters. It was not until 12 months after the Armistice that he boarded the Nestor for his return to Australia, disembarking at Melbourne on December 15th 1919.
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