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Walter Edward AYRES

Regimental number1805
Place of birthCasterton, Victoria
AddressBarkley Street, Ararat, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 4.25"
Weight109 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Harriet Louisa Ayres, Barkley Street, Ararat, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date1 May 1916
Place of enlistmentHamilton, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name39th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/56/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Orontes on 16 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Divisional Salvage Company
FateReturned to Australia 25 March 1919
Date of death9 April 1920
Age at death from cemetery records32
Place of burialCasterton Cemetery (Portion Methodist, Row 9, Grave No. 3), Casterton, Victoria
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Garden of Remembrance, Victoria. Parents: Alfred and Mary AYRES; husband of Harriett Sharam (formerly AYRES, Casterton, Victoria
Discharge date17 June 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 16 August 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 2 October 1916, and marched into 10th Training Bn, Codford, the same day.

Proceeded overseas to France, 23 November 1916.

Transferred to, and taken on strength of 3rd Division Salvage Company, 4 February 1917.

Admitted to No 10 Field Ambulance, 23 February 1918, and transferred to No 2 Australian Casualty Clearing Station the same day (valvular disease of the heart); to No 4 General Hospital, 25 February 1918; to St John's Ambulance Brigade Hospital, Boulogne, 28 February 1918; to No 6 Convalescent Depot, Etaples, 3 March 1918; to No 5 Convalescent Depot, Cayeux, 6 March 1918; to No 13 Convalescent Depot, Trouville, 3 April 1918 (disordered action of heart); to No 1 Australian Convalescent Depot, Le Havre, 23 April 1918; marched into Australian General Base Depot, Le Havre, 9 May 1918.

Admitted to No 8 General Hospital, 15 May 1918 (otitis media); transferred to Australian Convalescent Depot, Le Havre, 20 May 1918; marched into Australian General Base Depot, Le Havre, 13 June 1918.

Proceeded to unit, 19 June 1918; rejoined 3rd Division Salvage Company, 24 June 1918.

On leave to England, 19 August 1918; rejoined unit, 5 September 1918.

Attached to 24th Company, Australian Army Service Corps, 16 October 1918; rejoined unit, 28 October 1918.

Marched into Australian General Base Depot, Le Havre, 30 December 1918.

Proceeded to England, 7 January 1919; marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 8 January 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Denison', 25 March 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 10 May 1919; discharged Melbourne (medically unfit), 17 June 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death9 April 1920
Age at death32
SourcesNAA: B2455, AYRES Walter Edward

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