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Walter Tasman KING

Regimental number2597
Place of birthAlbert Park, Melbourne, Victoria
SchoolDorcas Street State School, South Melbourne, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Address611 Victoria Street, Abbotsford, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height6' 1"
Weight162 lbs
Next of kinFather, W B King, 611 Victoria Street, Abbotsford, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in School Cadets.
Enlistment date14 June 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 26 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularAll brothers were wounded. The eldest, William Bromley, rose to the rank of Lieutenant and was wounded at the battle of Messines, 1916. The youngest Henry George King, spent 18 months a German prisoner of war after being wounded at Gallipoli. (details from father)
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France (Battle of Fromelles)
Age at death22
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 15), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Son of William Bromley and Hannah Rosetta KING, of Whitehorse Road, Croydon, Victoria
Family/military connectionsThree brothers: [1636[ Lt William Bromley KING, 37th Bn, discharged, 5 September 1918; 2167 Driver Edmund Dunbar KING, 8th Bn, returned to Australia, 9 March 1919; Henry George KING
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Admitted to Anzac Advanced Base, Mudros, 18 November 1915; joined 7th Bn, Sarpi Camp, Lemnos, 20 November 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Appointed Lance Corporal, 1 February 1916.

Transferred to 59th Bn and taken on strength, Tel el Kebir, 24 February 1916.

Reverted to ranks at own request, 22 March 1916.

Admitted to 8th Field Ambulance, Ferry Post, 22 April 1916 (ptomaine poisoning); discharged to unit, and taken on strength, Duntroon Plateau, 24 April 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 27 May 1916.

Promoted Corporal, 12 June 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 29 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Handwritten note on Form B103: 'Presume Buried in No Man's Land approx 5J90 43 to 5K02.5.1 Sheet Hazebrouck 5A'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, KING Walter Tasman
Red Cross file 1520404

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