Pfuhl, William

Pfuhl, William Thomas (Private)

William (aka Will or ‘Curly’) was born at Sturt in Adelaide on 15th June 1887. He was the eldest son of Louis Wilhelm Heinrich and Sarah Ann Pfuhl (nee Edwards), with the family later moving to Mt Compass. They were one of the earlier settler families on Cleland Gully Road where they grew vegetables and flowers for the Adelaide Central Market. Will’s father had a stall there for many years and was apparently well known within the fruit & vegetable trade.

When Will enlisted at Adelaide in August of 1915, he was described as a single, 29 year old labourer, with a fresh complexion, grey eyes and dark brown hair. He was 5’7” tall (1.7 metres) and weighed 74 kgs. He was at that time, employed at Outer Harbour.

Private William Pfuhl then embarked on 2nd December 1915 to serve in France with the 12th/10th Battalion Reinforcements. He was killed in action at Pozieres on 25th July 1916.

In 1917, on the anniversary of his death, Will’s father inserted the following words in the Adelaide Advertiser’s Family Notice section:

“He left his home in health and strength.

To answer his country’s call;

He gave his life, he gave his best,

For you, for me, for all,

No one he loved was by his side,

To hear his last faint sigh;

Or whisper just a loving word,

Or even say good-bye.

-Inserted by his loving father, L Pfuhl, Mount Compass.


Will’s mother, Sarah had predeceased him in 1912 aged 55 years, with his father passing in 1928 at their daughter’s home in Port Noarlunga, aged 75. They are buried at Brighton Cemetery.


References: “A Guide Behind The Lines” by Richard Kleinig and