Albert Walter WHITAKER

Regimental number10486
Place of birthRichmond Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFactory foreman
Address192 Gore Street, Fitzroy, Victoria
Marital statusWidower
Age at embarkation44
Height5' 6"
Weight161 lbs
Next of kinDaughter, Miss G L Whitaker, 31 Morris Street, Parkville, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 14 months in the South African (Boer) War as 1422 Pte, 5th Victorian Mounted Rifles. Name listed as WHITTAKER.
Enlistment date1 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 4, Reinforcement 2
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 5 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollBombardier
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Divisional Ammunition Column
FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1918
Discharge date13 August 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 2nd Divisional Ammunition Column, Zeitoun, 14 February 1916.

Mustered as Driver, 8 March 1916.

Taken on strength, 4th Field Artillery Brigade, 9 March 1916, and posted to Brigade Ammunition Column.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 14 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 19 March 1916.

Appointed Acting Bombardier, 25 April 1916.

Found guilty, 14 October 1916, 'in that he permitted 2 six-mule teams in his charge to exceed the pace of a walk in that they were allowed to canter & trot': reprimanded.

Transferred to 2nd Divisional Ammunition Column, 13 May 1916.

Promoted Temporary Bombardier, 27 December 1916.

On leave, 28 May 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 12 June 1917.

Accidentally injured, 3 February 1918 (fractured left tibia), and admitted to 15th Casualty Clearing Station; transferred to 54th General Hospital, Boulogne, 5 February 1918 (fractured left metacarpal); transferred to England, 8 March 1918, and admitted same day to General and Red Cross Hospital, Chelmsford (crushed left foot); transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 19 March 1918.

Court of Inquiry (no date recorded) held that no-one was to blame.

Commenced return to Australia on board HS 'Dunluce Castle', 8 April 1918; transshipped at Suez to 'Karoola', 27 April 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 26 May 1918; discharged (medically unfit), 13 August 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, WHITAKER Albert Walter