William George WALKER

Regimental number524
Place of birthChristchurch, New Zealand
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStation overseer
Address6A George Street, West Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Nathaniel Walker, Hurlstone Park, New South Wales
Enlistment date9 June 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll5 July 1916
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 5, Reinforcement 8
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/10/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 23 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Machine Gun Company
FateReturned to Australia 5 July 1919
Miscellaneous information from
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Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'Whilst advancing to take up a position near PERONNE on 2nd September 1918 his Section suffered severe casualties from the enemy shell and machine gun fire. Private WALKER showed great bravery in bandaging and removing to cover the wounded men. He then went forward and rejoined his Section. During the following three days this soldier set an exceptionally fine example to his comrades. Notwithstanding the trying conditions, he was always cheerful, and volunteered for many hazardous tasks, which he completed with fine bravery and coolness.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death7 May 1985