William Jose Suares was born in Melbourne, Victoria, was single, living with his mother, Mrs Rebecca Suares of 103 McArthur Street, Ballarat and was a Well Borer when he enlisted with the 41st Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement on 31 March 1916 at the age of 29. According to his record he was wounded in action in June 1917 with a gunshot wound to the right foot and left buttock. He was invalided to England, re-joining his battalion on 3 October 1917. Nine days later, on the 12th of October, he was wounded in action a 2nd time, suffering a shell wound to the chest. During his recovery he married Ms Mary Catherine Wood of Winchcombe on the 14th February, 1918. Both were 32 at the time of marriage. He returned to action and was wounded a third time whilst in France on 24 August 1918.
By this time the war was coming to an end and the armistice was signed three months later (11 November 1918). William received a promotion to Lance Corporal and returned to Australia on 26 July 1919.
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