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Walter WHITLOCK

Regimental number5137
Date of birth17 April 1896
Place of birthParkes New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressGoonumbla, Parkes, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, H Whitlock, Goonumbla, Parkes, New South Wales
Enlistment date10 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentActing Corporal
Unit name18th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 5 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 19 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On May 3rd near NOREUIL they were NO. 1 and 2 of a Lewis Gun crew. They took their gun forward inside the enemy's wire and dispersed an enemy party moving forward to reinforce O.G.1 The wire at this point was being swept by Machine Gun fire. Later on they took the gun round to the flank and took up a position between O.G. 1 and O.G. 2. The gun was put out of action. They succeeded in salvaging one from a dead crew and got it into working order, and remained there in position till the Battalion withdrew.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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