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Albert John WALKER

Regimental number528
Place of birthMontrose, Victoria
SchoolBalaclava State School and Malvern State School, Victoria
OccupationCarpenter and joiner
Address6 Albert Street, Surrey Hills, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 7.5"
Weight147 lbs
Next of kinFather, W. Jas Walker, 6 Albert Street, Surrey Hills, Victoria
Previous military service48th Infantry; Served in the Cadets and Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date11 January 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Light Horse Regiment, C Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/13/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A16 Star of Victoria on 25 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Flying Corps
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularHe enlisted soon after war was declared and was gazetted a Signaller in the original 8th Light Horse. He fought in Gallipoli and was invalided back to Egypt 3 days before the evacuation. Served 14mths in Egypt, joined the Flying Corps served in France up to his death.
FateDied of disease 16 October 1918
Place of death or wounding4th British General Hospital, France.
Age at death24.5
Place of burialEtaples Military Cemetery (Plot LXVI, Row J, Grave 24), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William James and Caroline Margaret WALKER.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Left with horses, Heliopolis, Egypt, 15 May 1915.

Rejoined 8th Light Horse Regiment, Gallipoli Peninsula, 25 October 1915.

Evacuated to hospital, Gallipoli Peninsula, 8 December 1915; admitted to HS 'Oxfordshire', Heliopolis, 12 December 1915 (pyrexia of unknown origin); transferred to No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, 15 December 1915 (rheumatism); to Australia and New Zealand Convalescent Depot, Helouan, 29 December 1915; discharged to duty, 9 January 1916.

Marched out of Heliopolis, 26 February 1916, and proceeded to Serapeum.

Evacuated to hospital, 15 March 1916; rejoined 8th Light Horse Regiment, 25 March 1916.

Transferred to, and marched into No 68 Australian Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, 18 December 1916, and rated 2nd Class Airman with pay at 8/- per day.

Embarked Alexandria, 13 January 1917; disembarked Southampton, England, 30 January 1917.

Found guilty, Spittlegate, 2 April 1917, of while on active service, (1) being absent without leave from 1415 hours, until 1700 hours, 1 April 1917; (2) failing to salute officers; (3) breaking camp whilst under open arrest: award, total forfeiture of 14 days' pay.

Found guilty, 17 April 1917, of while of active service, Spittlegate, 15 April 1917, (1) breaking out of camp while a defaulter; (2) being in town without a pass about 2245 hours: awarded 14 days' detention.

Marched out to SRO South, Farnborough, 1 July 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 29 July 1917; marched into Australian General Base Depot, Rouelles, 31 July 1917.

Marched out of Australian General Base Depot, 5 August 1917; attached to 1st Australian Divsion Wireless Station, 9 August 1917.

Attached for duty with No 16 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, 24 September 1917.

Rejoined No 69 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, 10 November 1917.

On leave to Paris, 11 September 1918; rejoined unit, 19 September 1918.

Admitted to No 20 Casualty Clearing Station, 4 October 1918 (pleurodynia); transferred to No 4 General Hospital, Camiers, 5 October 1918 (pneumonia; seriously ill).

Died, No 4 General Hospital, 16 October 1918 (broncho pneumonia).

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, WALKER Albert John

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