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Mervyn Napier WALLER

Regimental number20178
Date of birth19 June 1893
Place of birthPenshurst, Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationArtist
AddressHawthorn, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 9.5"
Weight182 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs C Waller, 259 Dryburgh Street, North Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date31 August 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentBombardier
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 8, Battery 32
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/36/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 20 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollBombardier
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 1 November 1917
Discharge date8 February 1918
Family/military connectionsBrother: 274 Pte Thomas Eric WALLER, 22nd Bn, returned to Australia, 15 April 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 20 May 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 18 July 1916.

Transferred to 23rd Howitzer Brigade, Larkhill, 13 September 1916.

Promoted Bombardier, 9 October 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 31 December 1916.

Attached to 12th Field Artillery Brigade, 4 February 1917, pending absorption in 11th Field Artillery Brigade.

Wounded in action, Bullecourt, 12 May 1917 (High Explosive shell, back, shoulder and hand), and admitted same day to 49th Casualty Clearing Station; transferred to Ambulance Train No 9, 13 May 1917; admitted to 22nd General Hospital, 3 June 1917; transferred to England, 26 June 1917, and admitted same day to Horton County of London War Hospital (wound: severe; right arm amputated at shoulder: 'stump insufficient to fit artificial replacement'); to 2nd Auxiliary Hospital, Southall, 18 September 1917; discharged on furlough, 20 September 1917, to report to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 4 October 1917.

Commenced return to Australia from Devonport on board HT 'Anchises', 1 November 1917; arrived Melbourne, 3 January 1918; discharged (medically unfit), 8 February 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Following the amputation of his right arm Waller taught himself to paint and draw using his left arm. Increasingly interested in stained glass and mosaics, he was commissioned in 1952 to design and install the interior decoration in the Hall of Memory at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.
Date of death30 March 1972
Age at death78
Place of burialCremated
SourcesNAA: B2455, WALLER Mervyn Napier
Australian Dictionary of Biography, Vol. 12, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 367.

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