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Walter Joseph HOST

Regimental number702
Place of birthJaspers Brush, New South Wales
SchoolKiama Public School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, L.C. Host,Berry, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed as 2nd Lieutenant in the Berry Cadets.
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name2nd Battalion, G Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 18 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned 12 March 1916
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: INF2
Promotion date: 12 March 1916

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Refers Gallipoli
Recommendation date: Unspecified

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Supplement, No. 29455 (28 January 1916); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 44 (6 April 1916).

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularWas chosen as a cadet to represent Kiama at the coronation of George V. Awarded the Bisley Badge as member of a rifle team which shot against a Canadian team.
FateDied of wounds 24 July 1916
Place of death or woundingPozieres, Somme Sector, France
Age at death19
Place of burialWarloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension, (Plot III, Row D, Grave 12), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Louis Charles and Mary Elizabeth HOST, Berry, New South Wales. Native of Jasper's Brush, near Berry

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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