Reekie, William Fitzory

Personal Details

First nameWilliam
Middle nameFitzory
Date of birth30/08/1882
Place of birthOn Ship en route to Australia
Date of death17/01/1944
Age at death64 years


Son of Thomas Reekie & Euphemia Carstairs

Step-brother of Mary Macdonald Wilson

War Records


ServiceAustralian Army
Service number2014
Date of enlistment13/01/1916
Place of enlistmentLongreach, Qld
Next of kinThomas Reekie [father]
Date of discharge21/04/1918
Posting at discharge52nd Battalion
Prisoner of war




He was a 33 year old labourer from Rockhampton when he enlisted in the 52 Infantry Battalion - 2 to 9 Reinforcements (April 1916 - January 1917)
Ship Name: HMAT Clan McGillivray
Ship Number: A46
Date of Embarkation: 1/05/1916
Place of Embarkation: Brisbane


Cemetery Record

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Grave number180
AddressBridge St, Muttaburra
OccupationStation hand
Date of funeral17/01/1944

Died from Cardiac failure
Buried beside Euphemia Little (mother) & Mary Wilson (step-sister)

The Longreach Leader Saturday 29 January 1944
The death occurred at Muttaburra on Sunday, 10th January of Mr. William Fitzroy Reekie (65). Mr. Reekie, who was familiarly known as Bill, was born at sea and arrived in Australia in 1880. He came to Muttaburra In 1896, where he has since resided, following the occupation of station hand and fencing contractor.
During the Great War he served for three years with the A.I.F. in the 52nd Battalion and on his return to Muttaburra took a prominent part in the affairs R.S.S.A.I.L.A. of which he was a keen and interested member, and will be much missed by the members of that branch. Mr Reekie was a brother of Mrs. M Wilson of the Royal Mail Hotel, of the Muttaburra Sub branch of the Muttaburra and another sister is Mrs. G Graham, Gateshead, County Durham, England. Mr. F F. Dowling officiated at the graveside, returned men acting as pall bearers.
[Source: OBITUARY. (1944, January 29). The Longreach Leader (Qld.: 1923 – 1954), p. 5. Retrieved September 18, 2013, from]