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Regimental number6274
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationHorse driver
Address11 Station Street, Carlton, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 6"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Jane Abbott, 11 Station Street, Carlton, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for military service due to being medically unfit)
Enlistment date17 October 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 October 1916
Place of enlistmentGeelong, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 18th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 23 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 18 July 1919
Discharge date15 October 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 23 November 1916; disembarked Plymouth, 29 January 1917; marched into 6th Training Bn, Larkhill, 31 January 1917.

Admitted to Fargo Military Hospital, 14 February 1917 (influenza); discharged, 27 February 1917, and marched into 6th Training Bn, Larkhill, the same day.

Proceeded overseas to France, 25 April 1917; marched into 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 26 April 1917.

Taken on strength of 22nd Bn, 14 May 1917.

On leave to England, 24 February 1918.

Admitted to King George Hospital, London, 10 March 1918 (not yet diagnosed); transferred to No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 22 March 1918; discharged, 22 April 1918, and marched into No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, the same day.

Marched into Overseas Training Bde, Longbridge Deverill, 16 May 1918.

Transferred to Machine Gun Corps Details, 31 May 1918, and marched into Machine Gun Corps Training Depot, Grantham, the same day.

Proceeded overseas to France, 21 August 1918; marched into Machine Gun Corps Base Depot, Camiers, 22 August 1918.

Proceeded to unit, 26 August 1918; taken on strength of 2nd Machine Gun Bn, 27 August 1918.

Proceeded to England for return to Australia, 9 May 1919; marched into No 2 Group, Sutton Veny, 17 May 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Takada', 18 July 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 7 September 1919; discharged Melbourne (termination of period of enlistment), 15 October 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Biographical Card (AWM) gives 31 July 1963 as alternative date of death.
Date of death13 June 1963
Age at death68
SourcesNAA: B2455, ABBOTT Walter

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