William James Devine
Serial No. 3416
7th Light Horse Regiment
William James Devine - Information
William was born in Picton in 1873, and later lived on Granfell St in Wyalong with his wife, Bridget. Here, William worked as a teamster, and before long, signed up in town on the 19th of April 1917. He trained at the Royal Australian Showground, becoming a Trooper with the 7th Light Horse Regiment. He then boarded the HMAT Kyarra in Sydney on the 3rd of September 1917, farewelling Bridget.
William landed in Suez, Egypt in mid October. A month later, he joined the 7th Regiment. At the time, the Allies had won a series of victories, finally conquering the bastion of Gaza. Next on the agenda was Jerusalem, which the 7th help take in December. In 1918, operations moved into the Jordan Valley. However, after a few months riding in the saddle in the desert heat, William reported to the 76th Casualty Clearing Station with haemorrhoids and piles in mid April 1918. He was admitted to the 45th Stationary Hospital in El Arish, and then the 14th General Hospital in Port Said. He enjoyed some convalescence at a Rest Camp, before reuniting with his unit. William and his unit finished closing in on the Turks in Jordan and headed towards Damascus in Syria. After the Turkish government surrendered, William reported ill with bronchitis on the 10th of November. He had been in hospital a day, when he was told that the Armistice had been signed and the war was over. On the 28th of June 1919, William boarded the Madras in Kantara bound for Australia.