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Walter David CAMERON

Regimental number2115
Place of birthTooloon New South Wales
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationFarmer
AddressLismore, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinUncle, William Richard Buchanan, Tooloom Station, New South Wales
Enlistment date9 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A63 Karoola on 12 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 16 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'At VILLERET on the 18th September, 1918, Cpl. CAMERON in company with No. 3039 Sergeant B.G.S. MASON and No. 7061 Pte. G.R. SMALL, acting as Scouts from the Line of Exploitation moved forward to the higher ground in front of a knoll, which was strongly held by the enemy, without hesitation, and with the greatest dash they engaged the enemy, killing five and wounding ten. The remainder fled in disorder. This action resulted in not only in the rout of the enemy occupying that post, but assisted the Left flank of the 10th Battalion to come up. This party then took up a position in front of the knoll where they prevented several of the enemy with horses and limbers from removing four 4.2 howitzers from the quarry, by killing their horses and inflicting casualties of the Gun Team. Shortly afterwards they were joined by the remainder of the platoon who established a permanent post there. The example, initiative, and boldness of these men was a means whereby, the greatest tactical feature of the whole Battalion Front was denied the enemy and held.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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