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Born in Ballarat and a teacher by trade, William Charles Groves was a single 18 year old when he enlisted on the 6th of July 1915. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on the 29th of December 1915. In 1916, he was promoted to Lance Corporal on the 18th of March, to Corporal on the 14th of April, and Sergeant on the 18th of August.
On the 11th of April 1917, William was reported as missing in action. He had been captured in Reincourt and become a Prisoner of War and interned at Limburg.
He arrived in England on the 9th of January 1919 and was repatriated on the 11th of January 1919.
William returned to Australia on the 7th of May 1919 and was discharged on the 26th of June 1919.
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