William Dunstan was born in Clementston, VIC and was a Ballarat Blacksmith by trade when he enlisted in the 23rd Battalion, 9th Reinforcement on 12 October 1915 at the age of 19. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on 8 February 1916. By the end of March he had joined the 23rd Battalion in France. Illness limited his service for his first couple of months when he was also disciplined for æbeing absent from Church Parade.' On November 9th 1916, towards the end of the Somme campaign, he was wounded in action, sustaining a gunshot wound to the face which necessitated his evacuation to the 1st Auxilliary Hospital at Harefield in England. He rejoined his battalion in December 1916 and saw further action at Bullecourt before moving to Westhoek Ridge near Ypres in Belgium. On September 20th 1917 he was reported æmissing' but a Court of Enquiry in January 1918 confirmed he had been killed instantly by an enemy shell burst. He was 21 years of age, has no known grave, and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres, and on the grave of his parents in Ballarat.
His Brother, Stanley Dunstan (Tree No 2511) also served.
Tree No 1929