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Bernard Martin WALSHE

Regimental number4346
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationWarehouseman
AddressBelclutha, Turner Avenue, Haberfield, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 7"
Weight138 lbs
Next of kinFather, Mrs C M Walshe, Belclutha, Turner Avenue, Haberfield, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date23 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll6 September 1915
Place of enlistmentWarwick Farm, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 20 December 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll4346A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll54th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19-20 July 1916
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 10), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
160
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John William and Caroline Mary WALSHE
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Joined 54th Bn and reverted to the rank of Private, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Promoted Lance Corporal, 1 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19-20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 4 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19-20 July 1916'

Note, Red Cross File No 2850404: 'No trace Germany. Cert by Capt. Mills. 10.10.19.'

Statement, 4321 Pte J. THORPE, 54th Bn, 8 September 1917; '[T]he soldier referred to in your letter was "killed" on the night of July 19th, 1916, in the counter attack made on us by the Germans. I did not personally see him killed, though another soldier I knew personally well, and a friend of Walshe's, told me that he saw poor Walshe killed at once by a shell.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, WALSHE Bernard Martin
Red Cross file 2850404

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