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Richard Victor WALKDEN

Regimental number1193
Place of birthBourke New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressPO, Dilliby, Wyong, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, Richard Cecil Walkden, PO, Dilliby, Wyong, New South Wales
Enlistment date22 April 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Light Horse Regiment, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/12/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 28 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollBombardier
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 23 July 1919

Military Medal

'In the WYTSCHAETE SECTOR (near MESSINES) during the evening of 11th August 1917, whilst the enemy was shelling 39th Battery position, a dump of ammunition consisting of some 500 rounds was hit and set on fire. Gunner WALKDEN with three others, at great personal risk immediately proceeded to extinguish the fire with the loss of only 50 rounds of ammunition. His prompt action was the means of preventing the total loss of this ammunition, possible casualties to personnel, and material. The work of extinguishing the fire was carried out under heavy shell fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 9
Date: 24 January 1918

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