honor role

Tice, William

* 5561 Pte 28th Bn.

Born Calcutta India, CoE.   Enlisted at Blackboy Hill 5 February 1916 age 19, farm labourer. Nok foster father, Horace James Gomez and Rose Edwards of Keane St, Cottesloe. His grandmother and closest blood relative was Mrs William Tice of 40 Upper Packfields, Tutney India.  Embarked at Fremantle 22 September 1916 per A52 Surada. In France, Tice was wounded in action 11 April 1918 and died the following day. Buried Vignacourt British Cemetery, France, 1.5 kilometres NNW of Amiens. Service medals: BWM and VM. A report  by Private Watkins 6415,  ‘On the morning of 20th September 1917 the company were in the jump off trench awaiting the time for the attack on enemy positions.  Pte Tice was alongside me at the time. The enemy had put down a very heavy barrage and a big shell burst right alongside Tice and almost buried him.  I just had time to dig him out when the company moved forward to the attack.  I remember Tice was in a very bad condition of nerves when I pulled him out further.  Tice was buried by shell fire at the Battle of Laquicourt, a village near Bapaume and since that date has suffered with nerves.’  His estate was settled in 1925 in his grandmother’s favour.