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William John Homer was an apprentice baker for with George Merrin in Orange when he enlisted in October 1915. He was discharged four months later, but re-enlisted in Dubbo in October 1916.
Private Homer joined the 23rd Battalion, 3rd Reinforcements at Liverpool and embarked for active service in November 1916. Homer returned to Australia for discharge from the AIF in December 1917 due to defective vision.
Private William John Homer is one of nine known Aboriginal servicemen with a connection to Orange.