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William Leslie Neville, a civil servant from Ballarat, enlisted at the age of 28 years old October 5th, 1916. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on the 20th of October 1916.
His first promotion was on the 6th of October 1916 where he was given the rank of Sergeant.
He was promoted four times in 1917 in January, July and December and was given the ranks of Extra Duty Pay Corporal, Acting Lance Sergeant, Acting Corporal and then Lance Corporal. In 1918 he was promoted on the 9th of May to Corporal, and on the 17th of September William was promoted to Lance Sergeant.
On the 30th of September 1918 he was invalided to England where he was admitted to the Edmonton Military Hospital for Myalgia. He returned to Australia on the 30th of April 1919 and was discharged on the 7th of June 1919 as medically unfit, the illness being specified as muscular rheumatism.
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