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Walter William PEARSE

Regimental number4575
Date of birth14 June 1894
Place of birthBendigo, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFireman
AddressCorner Marks and York Streets, Bendigo, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, W W Pearse, corner Marks and York Streets, Bendigo, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed as Lieutenant in the Senior Cadets, Bendigo, Victoria.
Enlistment date19 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 28 January 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 31 October 1919
Discharge date26 February 1920
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Alexandria, 28 February 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 29 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 4 April 1916.

Promoted Corporal, 31 July 1916; Lance Sergeant, 18 July 1917; Sergeant, 5 October 1917; commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant, 15 October 1917.

Wounded in action, 28 October 1917 (gun shot wound, jaw). Admitted to 14th General Hospital, Wimereux, 29 October 1917. transferred to England, 8 November 1917, and admitted to Queen Alexandra Hospital (wound, slight). Discharged to No. 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 4 January 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 2 February 1918. Promoted Lieutenant, 1 March 1918.

Wounded in action, 22 April 1918 (gun shot wound, right thigh). Transferred to England, 5 May 1918, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital. Discharged to Overseas Training Brigade, 19 August 1918. Proceeded overseas to France, 2 September 1918.

Granted period of Non-Military Employment, 15 April-15 September 1919 (engineering, Great Western Railway Co., London).

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Macedonia', 31 October 1919; re-embarked Bombay on HT 'Medic', 1 December 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 27 December 1919; discharged, 26 February 1920.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Date of death18 December 1968

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