By the time William Manning joined the 26th Battalion in Egypt, they had already been to Gallipoli and back again. He was now a married man and his wife was expecting their first child, having married just a couple of weeks before embarking at Melbourne. Private Manning was wounded in action at Tara’s Hill on 5 August 1916 receiving a gunshot wound to his back. He was evacuated to England for treatment. He was wounded again in February 1917 but remained in France. On returning from Divisional Bomb School he was promoted to the rank of corporal. He was wounded again in October 1917 and was evacuated as far as Etaples for treatment of his wounds to his left thigh before re-joining his unit. On 15 July 1918 he was wounded for the fourth time sustaining wounds to his face and jaw. He was evacuated to England for treatment. He returned to his unit just two days before the Armistice was signed. He departed Devonport, England on 13 April 1919 to return home. His marriage did not survive the war and the couple divorced soon after.