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Record of Conduct and Service (William James Watts)

From the Collection of Victoria Police Museum Mezzanine Level World Trade Centre Siddeley Street Docklands Victoria

Official document
world war 1, 1914-1918; victoria police; watts, william james 5202
Historical information
When the First World War broke out, Australian men from all backgrounds and professions were called to serve their country.  Members of the Victorian Police force were some of the first to answer the call with twenty men joining the first convoy of soldiers who left Australian shores in October 1914. Over the course of four long years, one hundred and thirty-eight Victorian Police enlisted from stations across the state. Of these, twenty-seven lost their lives. Whilst the fate of each man was different, a deep commitment to protecting and serving the public was common to all.

Victoria Police service: Joined 09/06/1905; Granted leave without pay July 1917; Resumed duties 15/12/1919; Discharged 3/11/1923 (Police Strike)

WW1 service: Enlisted 13 July 1917; Highest rank: Private; Regiment: 29th Australian Infantry Battalion; Fate: Returned to Australia 16 March 1919; Medals: 1914/1915 Star; British War and Victory medals
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20 May 2019 at 12:00PM