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Graham, William Johnston (1880–1930)

William Graham, by George Lambert, c1917

William Graham, by George Lambert, c1917

Australian War Memorial, ART14243

The remains of Captain William Johnston Graham, who died at Rockdale on Tuesday, were interred in the Presbyterian Cemetery at Rookwood yesterday afternoon.

Captain Graham, who was 50 years of age, saw service in the Boer War, and was one of the first to offer himself when the Great War broke out. In August, 1914, with the rank of sergeant, he accompanied the naval and military expeditionary force which left Sydney for New Guinea, and returning about six months later enlisted in the 18th Battalion, and later took part in two engagements during the Gallipoli campaign. With the rank of sergeant-major he went through the Sinai Peninsula campaign, and during service on the Western Front was promoted to the rank of captain, mentioned in despatches, and awarded the Military Cross.

At the funeral yesterday, the chief mourners were the widow and relatives. The 18th Battalion A.I.F. Association and Rockdale Returned Soldiers' League were also represented.

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'Graham, William Johnston (1880–1930)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/graham-william-johnston-14398/text25472, accessed 25 September 2017.

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