Private William Edward “Billy” Sing in an undated photo taken during World War I. In 1918 he was awarded the Belgian Croix de Guerre, the highest foreign commendation awarded to any Australian solider of Chinese descent. Photo: Courtesy of the Australian War Memorial Private William Edward “Billy” Sing in an undated photo taken during World War I. In 1918 he was awarded the Belgian Croix de Guerre, the highest foreign commendation awarded to any Australian solider of Chinese descent. Photo: Courtesy of the Australian War Memorial
Private William Edward “Billy” Sing in an undated photo taken during World War I. In 1918 he was awarded the Belgian Croix de Guerre, the highest foreign commendation awarded to any Australian solider of Chinese descent. Photo: Courtesy of the Australian War Memorial

The Chinese-Australian war hero who shot dead over 200 enemies but was whitewashed and forgotten for half a century

  • This Anzac Day we remember William ‘Billy’ Edward Sing, Australia’s top World War I sniper, who slipped into obscurity for decades after the conflict
  • He was even whitewashed in the 2014 film ‘William Kelly’s War’, but a year later had a memorial erected where he was buried to honour his legacy

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Private William Edward “Billy” Sing in an undated photo taken during World War I. In 1918 he was awarded the Belgian Croix de Guerre, the highest foreign commendation awarded to any Australian solider of Chinese descent. Photo: Courtesy of the Australian War Memorial Private William Edward “Billy” Sing in an undated photo taken during World War I. In 1918 he was awarded the Belgian Croix de Guerre, the highest foreign commendation awarded to any Australian solider of Chinese descent. Photo: Courtesy of the Australian War Memorial
Private William Edward “Billy” Sing in an undated photo taken during World War I. In 1918 he was awarded the Belgian Croix de Guerre, the highest foreign commendation awarded to any Australian solider of Chinese descent. Photo: Courtesy of the Australian War Memorial
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