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Michael Patrick WALCH

Regimental number5149
Place of birthAthlone Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationCook
AddressHopetoun, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinMatthew U Walch, 3rd Light Horse Brigade Train
Enlistment date16 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameLight Horse Brigade Train 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number25/100/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A51 Chilka on 2 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the operations near GUEUDECOURT from 15th November, 1916, to 6th December, 1916, these N.C.O.s and men did most excellent work as members of the Divisional Pack Transport Troops. They are selected from the 256 N.C.O.s and Drivers as having set a fine example to the remainder by their coolness under fire, determination, and resource. They never failed in getting the mules up to Battalion Headquarters although they came constantly under shell fire, during which a number of mules were killed. Their work was done at night under the most difficult conditions, and they were instrumental in saving a number of valuable animals from drowning when bogged in shell holes in the portion of their journey beyond Brigade Headquarters, which was under constant shell fire. '

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