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Walter Richard AHEARN

Regimental number308
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
Other NamesRichard Walter
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMotor driver
Address106 Newry Street, Fitzroy, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 9.5"
Weight170 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs H. Green, 106 Newry Street, Fitzroy, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date29 March 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll29 March 1915
Place of enlistmentColac, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll21st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 November 1916
Discharge date7 February 1917
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Member of volunteer party that worked HT 'Southland' into port, 2 September 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, ex-Mudros, 7 December 1915.

Promoted Sergeant, Moascar, 17 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 26 March 1916.

Wounded in action, 26 August 1916; admitted to No 12 Australian Field Ambulance (shrapnel wound, neck), 29 August 1916; transferred to No 3 Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne, 31 August 1916; to England, 5 September 1916; to Chatham Military Hospital, 5 September 1916; to No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, 6 October 1916; discharged for return to Australia, 12 November 1916.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Wiltshire', 12 November 1916; disembarked Melbourne, 31 December 1916; discharged Melbourne (medically unfit: movement of left shoulder, neck, and head very limited), 7 February 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death22 July 1956
Age at death65
Place of burialWodonga Cemetery, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, AHEARN Walter Richard

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