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Bertie Walter WHICKER

Regimental number2577
Date of birth17 May 1897
Place of birthDiamond Creek, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressGlenhuntly, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 5.5"
Weight145 lbs
Next of kinFather, Rupert Gilchrist Whicker, 5 Maroona Road, Glenhuntly, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date15 October 1917
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll13 October 1917
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistment2nd Air Mechanic
Unit nameAustralian Flying Corps, No 1 Special Draft
AWM Embarkation Roll number8/15/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board SS Indarra on 26 November 1917
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
FateReturned to Australia 30 April 1919
Discharge date4 August 1919
Family/military connectionsFather: 8087 Sapper Rupert Gilchrist WHICKER, 1st Tunnelling Company, died of disease, 14 September 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, England

Embarked Melbourne, 26 November 1917; disembarked Suez, 27 December 1917.

Embarked Alexandria, 29 January 1918; disembarked to No 9 Rest Camp, Taranto, Italy, 4 February 1918.

Entrained Taranto, 7 February 1918; detrained Cherbourg, france, 14 February 1918.

Embarked Cherbourg, 14 May 1918; disembarked Southampton, England, 15 February 1918, and marched in to Australian Flying Corps Training Depot, Wendover.

Found guilty, 2 May 1918, of falling out of Instruction Class, Halton Camp East, without permission at about 25 April: awarded 7 days' confined to camp, and forfeited 2 days' pay.

Taken on strength as 2nd Air Mechanic, 5th Training Squadron, Minchinhampton, 10 June 1918.

Struck off strength, 5th Training Squadron, 2 November 1918, and marched out to No 2 School of Military Aeronautics, Oxford, for training as a Flying Officer (Pilot), and appointed Cadet.

Admitted to Montdore Hospital, Bournemouth, 25 December 1918; discharged from hospital to 1st Wing, AFC, 15 January 1919.

Appointed 2nd Lieutenant on probation, 1 April 1919.

Admitted to AFC Hospital, Tetbury, 3 April 1919 (fractured left radius); discharged from hospital, 19 April 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HS 'Karagola', 30 April 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 12 June 1919; appointment terminated (discharged), Melbourne, 4 August 1919.

Medal: British War Medal

Died, 6 April 1921, as a result of injuries from a training flight crash. His was the first death of the Australian Air Force only 7 days after its formation.
Date of death6 April 1921
Age at death23
Place of burialBrighton Cemetery, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, WHICKER Bertie Walter

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