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Walter FURNISS

Regimental number1838
Place of birthLower Heyford, Nr. Weedon, Northamptonshire, England
SchoolBliss Endowed School, England
Age on arrival in Australia23
ReligionMethodist
OccupationBaker
AddressRockhampton, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs Agnes Furniss,Lower Heyford,'Weeden', North Hants, England
Enlistment date24 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Light Horse Regiment, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/10/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 3 January 1916
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularI believe he took a great interest in the Labour movement in Queensland. (L. Furniss, brother)
FateKilled in Action 8 October 1918
Place of death or woundingBellicourt, France in 1918
Age at death28.9
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialBellicourt British Cemetery (Plot I, Row B, Grave No. 6), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
17
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Alfred and Agnes FURNISS, 29 Ribble Road, Stoke, Coventry, England. Native of Lower Heyford, Hants, England
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'He has commanded a sub-section during the period 25 February 1918 to 16 September 1918, in a very capable and gallant manner. During the attack against Villers-Bretonneux on 24 August, he controlled his sub-section under very heavy shell fire in a cool and courageous manner. He has at all times controlled his sub-section in an excellent manner, and in every action has, by his courage under fire, inspired his detachment and has rendered valuable assistance to his battery commander.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

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