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Walter Wallace CROMER

Regimental number1122
Place of birthCollingwood, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 8.5"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinSister, Alice May Cromer, 404 Montague Street, Albert Park, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date5 October 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 22 December 1914
Regimental number from Nominal Roll54877
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 24 July 1919
Discharge date4 December 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Reported missing, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915; wounded in action (left foot: slight); admitted to HS 'Clan McGillivray', 25/30 April 1915; transferred to Convalescent Hospital Tigne, Malta, 4 May 1915; to Military Hospital Valetta, 8 June 1915.

Transferred to England 21 June 1915; admitted to 2nd Western General Hospital, Manchester, 28 June 1915; transferred to Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield (date not recorded); discharged from Harefield on furlough, 7 September 1915.

Commenced return to Australia from Plymouth on board HT 'Suevic', 8 October 1915; discharged, Melbourne, 3 September 1916.

Re-enlisted, 3 April 1918; re-embarked from Sydney on board HMAT 'Orontes', 5 June 1918, as 54877 Private, 4th General Service Reinforcements (Victoria). Admitted to ship's hospital at sea, 24 June 1918 (wound, right leg); discharged from hospital, 24 July 1918. Disembarked Liverpool, England, 11 August 1918.

Marched in to 14th Training Bn, Codford, 13 August 1918.

Appointed Acting Corporal, 5 September 1918.

On command at Lewis Gun Course, Tidworth, 30 October-14 November 1918: graduated 1st class in exam and 1st class in range practice.

Found guilty, Hurdcott, of being absent without leave from 0900, 18 November, to 1630, 19 November 1918: reverted to the ranks and forfeited 2 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 25 January 1919; taken on strength, 59th Bn, 31 January 1919.

Detached to 5th Division Headquarters (baths duty), 16 February 1919; rejoined unit from detachment, 12 April 1919.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 30 May 1919.Admitted to 1st Clearing Group Hospital, Sutton Veny, 23 June 1919 (impetigo); discharged, 7 July 1919 (excema).

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Bakara', 24 July 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 27 September 1919; discharged, Melbourne, 4 December 1919.

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

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