Just Another Pair Of Socks

Melton District ANZACS

William Dalrymple KEATING


Born: 1886

Birth registration: Victorian Births, Deaths & Marriages Registration No. 18662

Birthplace: Gisborne

Parents: Edward Symonds Keating (1855-1934)
Mary Ann Jane Morand (1857-1946)

Died: 1962

Place of death: Sunshine, Victoria, Reg. # 6517

Awards and Honours

  • British War Medal 1914-20
  • Victory Medal


37th Battalion, C Company; 5th Battalion; 2nd Machine Gun Company; 1st Machine Gun Company



Regimental Service Number: 921

Enlistment date: 3 January, 1916 Melbourne

Age at enlistment: 30 years 6 months

Address at enlistment: GPO Melbourne

Religion: Church of England

Marital Status: Single

Next of kin: Father: Edward Symonds Keating, c/- Rockbank Post Office

Physical Description: Height: 5 feet 9 inches
Weight: 142 pounds
Complexion: Fresh
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Brown
Distinctive marks: Vaccination X 4, 2 scars on head, lower hip

Embarkation ship: HMAT A34 Persic.

Rank: Private

Return Date: 12 June, 1919

Return Vessel: Port Darwin.

Arrival at Australia: 27 July, 1919.

Discharge Date: 10 September, 1919

War Service Summary

01/03/1916 - Enlisted
03/06/1916 Embarked from Melbourne aboard A34 01/03/1916 - Enlisted
03/06/1916 – Embarked from Melbourne aboard A34
25/07/1916 - Disembarked Weymouth, England
15/09/1916 - Proceeded overseas to France to join 5th Battalion
17/09/1916 - Joined Base Depot, Etaples
12/10/1916 - To hospital
14/10/1916 - Admitted 20th General Hospital, scabies
18/10/1916 - Discharged to base
20/12/1916 - Rejoined unit
02/01/1917 - Joined unit, France
22/04/1917 - Wounded in Action; Gun Shot Wound to right thigh; admitted 3rd Field Ambulance; transferred to 45th Casualty Clearing Station
28/04/1917 - Admitted 3 Can. General Hospital, Boulogne, Gun Shot Wound right hand, left thigh, then to 7th Convalescent Depot
29/05/1917 - Joined base, ex hospital, Harve
02/06/1917 - Marched out to unit
04/06/1917 - Rejoined 5th Battalion, France
07/11/1917 - Transferred from 5th Battalion to 2nd Machine Gun Company, France
08/12/1917 - On leave to England
24/12/1917 - Rejoined unit
01/04/1918 - Transferred to 1st Machine Gun Battalion to be with brother Edward Keating 3418 who was later KIA
08/11/1918 - Granted leave to the UK
26/11/1918 - Rejoined Battalion
12/06/1919 - Embarked for Australia aboard Port Darwin
27/07/1919 - Arrived in Australia
10/09/1919 - Discharged from duty

William had been rejected for service prior to World War One because of varicose veins.

War Service Commemerated

Life After the War

Names of wife and children:

Place/s of residence:
1912, 1913, 1921 - Rockbank
1914 - 13 Hugh St., Footscray
1925 - Moquet Farm, Balliang East
1931, 1937 - Rawson Av., Sunshine
1943 - 462 - Lt. Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
(See Electoral Rolls)

1912, 1913, 1931, 1943 - Labourer
1914 Quarryman
1925 - Farmer
(See Electoral Rolls)

Date of Death
1962 BDM 6517 Sunshine
Place of Burial

Other relevant information:
Brothers serve:
William Dalrymple Keating
Tasmania Dalrymple Keating
Henry Ernest Keating, Killed In Action

1931, 1937 - William was living with his sister Tilly Morand Keating, a teacher.

Additional Information

The Bacchus Marsh Express
5 May 1917, p. 2

Mr. and Mrs. E. Keating, of Rockbank, have been officially informed that their son, W. D. Keating, has been wounded. H. D. Keating has recently enlisted, making three sons from this family.

The Bacchus Marsh Express
Melton Express
18 August, 1917, p. 2

The meeting to form a committee to entertain local soldiers returning from Active Service, was held on Monday evening, and there was an unusually large attendance of both ladies and gentlemen Cr. J. F. Minns in the chair. The following committee was appointed :-Rev. F. Stanley Love (President), Mr. Jas. H. Cunningham (Hon. Sec.), Messrs. Wraith, Robinson, J. F. Minns;, Whittington and G. McDonald. It was decided to hold a social on Friday 31st inst., to entertain the, present returned soldiers – Privates J. Minns, R. McPherson, G. Ware, Keating, P. Nolan, M. A. Nolan, Lachmund and Jurd. .


Australian War Memorial Service Record Nominal Roll