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William John Hehir was born in Bungaree, VIC and was a Butcher by trade when he enlisted from Ballarat in the 14th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement on 7 August 1915 at the age of 22. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 23 November 1915. In March 1916 he was transferred to the 46th Battalion before moving to France in June. On August 13th he was wounded in action at Pozieres. He suffered severe shrapnel wounds to his forearm and leg and was evacuated to the 3rd Auxiliary Hospital in England. He was then assessed as unfit for further active service and returned to Australia on the Ulysses, reaching Melbourne on April 12th 1917. He was discharged a month later.
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