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Colonel Bill Waite DSO, MC

William Charles Nightingale Waite was unique in that he served in three conflicts, the Boer War, WWI and WWII.

Waite enlisted in 1899 and fought in South Africa, where he remained until 1907. In WWI he served at Gallipoli until the evacuation (maintaining that he fired the last shot of the campaign), and from 1916 until the conclusion of the War, in France. Based in Adelaide during WWII, he was camp commandant at Wayville and Woodside, and later Deputy Director of Recruiting at Keswick Barracks.

On 29 occasions and mounted on a dapple grey charger, Waite was Chief Marshal for the Adelaide ANZAC Day Parade. He also presided over the last reunion of Boer War veterans in 1970.