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Alexander WALKER

Regimental number2938
Place of birthGladhill, Stranocum, Ireland
Place of birthBallymoney, Ireland
SchoolBallycreagagh School, Ireland
Age on arrival in Australia28
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationTimber worker
AddressPO, Greenbushes, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 6.75"
Weight147 lbs
Next of kinFather, D Walker, Gladhill, Stranocum, County Antrim, Ireland
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in the Glenlithgouw Territorials; left district.
Enlistment date23 July 1915
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 5 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 6 August 1916
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death33
Age at death from cemetery records29
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Bushvale Presbyterian Church, Co. Antrim, Ireland. Father: David WALKER
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Admitted to hospital, Abbassia; discharged (after 3 weeks), 20 November 1915. Admitted to hospital, Cairo, 8 January 1916 (laryngitis). Transferred to 48th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 3 March 1916. Admitted to hospital, 24 March 1916 (tonsillitis); discharged, 29 March 1916; rejoined unit, 31 March 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 2 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 9 June 1916.

Killed in action (Pozieres, Battle of the Somme), 6 August 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesRobert Thompson, 'Ballymoney Heroes 1914-1918' (self published, 1999), p. 125
NAA B2455 file 3004044

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