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Walter James HOWAT

Regimental number4034
Place of birthPambula New South Wales
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationMechanic
Address21 Carlisle Street, Leichhardt, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, Howat, 21 Carlisle Street, Leichhardt, New South Wales
Enlistment date27 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 30 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Pioneer Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 4 July 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations on the 4th October 1917, in the vicinity of ZONNEBEKE. Pte. HOWAT constantly dressed wounded men over a large area of the captured position and his judgement undoubtedly saved the lives of many wounded. He remained on duty when his platoon was withdrawn after the completion of their task, until assisted in a state of exhaustion to the rear. His work was commended on by all who came into contact with him. East of YPRES.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Date of death14 September 1957
Place of burialRookwood Crematorium

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