Walter Rattray RICE

Place of birthBundaberg, Queensland
OccupationShipping clerk
AddressMelbourne, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation22
Height6' 0.5"
Weight165 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Mary Rice, c/o Edward Harte, Golmoy, Kolan River, Bundaberg, Queensland
Previous military serviceSenior Cadets (2 years); Lieutenant with Wide Bay Regiment (1 year 4 months)
Enlistment date31 August 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name49th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/66/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 7 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll49th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 1 May 1919
Miscellaneous information from
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Parents: Walter William RICE nad Jane RATTRAY
Discharge date20 July 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 7 October 1916; disembarked Plymouth, 21 November 1916, and marched into 13th Training Bn the same day.

On Command at Officers' Course of Instruction, Tidworth, 28 January 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 16 March 1917.

Marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 17 March 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 28 March 1917; taken on strength of 49th Bn, 1 April 1917.

Promoted Lieutenant, 14 June 1917.

On leave to England, 20 July 1917; rejoined unit, 1 August 1917.

On leave to England, 23 December 1917; rejoined unit, 10 January 1918.

Admitted to No 2 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 8 February 1918 (not yet diagnosed) and placed on Regimental Seconded List the same day; transferred to No 39 Ambulance Train, 9 February 1918; to No 5 British Red Cross Society Hospital, Wimereux, 9 February 1918 (trench fever); to England, 15 February 1918; to No 3 London General Hospital, Wandsworth, 15 February 1918; to Tooting Grove Military Hospital, 18 February 1918; to No 3 London General Hospital, Wandsworth, 21 February 1918; placed on Supernumerary List, 8 May 1918; discharged and marched into No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 23 May 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 27 July 1918; marched into Australian Intermediate Base Depot, Le Havre, 29 July 1918.

Proceeded to unit, 5 August 1918; rejoined 49th Bn, 7 August 1918.

Deatched to Australian Corps School, 5 October 1918; rejoined unit, 12 November 1918.

Proceeded to England for return to Australia, 3 March 1919; marched into No 4 Command Depot, Worget Hill, 14 March 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Devonport on board HT 'China', 1 May 1919; disembarked Sydney, 11 June 1919; appointment terminated (discharged) Brisbane, 20 July 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death14 July 1931
Age at death38
Place of burialToowong Cemetery, Queensland
SourcesNAA: B2455, RICE Walter Rattray