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George Leupolt WALKEM

Regimental number2590
Place of birthLaunceston, Tasmania
SchoolChurch Grammar School, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationManager, sheep station
Address'Bringalbit', Kyneton, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, John Walter Walkem, King's Meadows, Launceston, Tasmania
Enlistment date15 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name59th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/76/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 25 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 8 August 1918
Place of death or woundingVillers-Bretonneux, France
Age at death27
Place of burialHeath Cemetery (Plot VI, Row D, Grave 11), Harbonnieres, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
169
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John Walter and Lilian Grace WALKEM.
Medals

Military Medal

'At DELSAUX FARM on the 18th March, 1917, Corporal WALKEM displayed conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. During the attack on DELSAUX FARM by the vanguard on 18th March, 1917, Corporal WALKEM carried messages backwards and forwards to the firing line under heavy machine gun and rifle fire. The fire was very accurate and when it was found necessary to make a flanking movement, the only means of sending messages was by runner. As the risk was great, volunteers were called for and Corporal WALKEM volunteered at once and successfully accomplished his mission. The act greatly contributed to the success of the operation, which resulted in the position and important documents being captured.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 140
Date: 27 August 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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