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Walter Francis OLIVER

Regimental number6788
Place of birthCrayford England
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressLismore, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinBrother, Mr W Oliver, West Grinstead, Sussex, England
Enlistment date9 June 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll10 June 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 22nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A74 Marathon on 27 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Valuable services as signaller in maintaining communications. (East of Ypres)'
Recommendation date: 12 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 21 March 1919

Military Medal

'At BROODSEINDE Ridge east of YPRES during the operations from 1st to 8th October, 1917 Pte OLIVER'S work as a Signaller and Runner was largely responsible for the maintenance of communication when our position was subjected to Enemy shell fire. Frequently when a line was out this soldier would immediately go out even through heavy shell fire to repair his line. When telephonic communication was not available this soldiers work in carrying messages of important nature was unequalled.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death3 May 1979
Place of burialMt Gravatt Cemetery

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