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Walter PEELER

Regimental number114
Date of birth9 August 1887
ReligionMethodist
OccupationLabourer
AddressLeongatha, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinWife, Mrs Emma Peeler, Castlemaine, Victoria
Enlistment date17 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll22 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Pioneer Battalion, Machine Gun Section
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/15/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 6 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Pioneer Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Victoria Cross


Recommendation date: 4 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 29 August 1918
Medals

Victoria Cross

'For most conspicuous bravery when, with a Lewis gun, accompanying the first wave of the assault, he encountered an enemy party sniping the advancing troops from a shell hole. Lance Corrporal Peeler immediately rrushed the position, and accounted for nine of the enemy, and cleaed the way for the advance. On two subsequent occasions, he performed similar acts of valour, and each time accounted for a number of the enemy. During operations, he was directed to a position from which an enemy machine gun was being fired on our troops. He located and killed the gunner, and the remainder of the enemy party ran into a dugout close by. From this shelter they were dislodged by a bomb, and ten of the enemy ran out. These he disposed of. This non-commissioned officer actually accounted for over thirty of the enemy. He displayed an absolute fearlessness in making his way ahead of the first wave of the assault, and the fine example which he set insured the success of the attack against most determined opposition.
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Victoria Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death23 May 1968
Age at death80
Place of burialBrighton Cemetery, Victoria