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Walter Henry EAST

Regimental number1645
Place of birthDiggora, Rochester, Victoria
SchoolState School, Rochester, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSecretary, YMCA
AddressYMCA, Edward Street, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinMrs W H East, Rochester, Victoria
Enlistment date26 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 3, Battery 7
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/31/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A22 Rangatira on 25 September 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Division Artillery
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Supplement, No. 29455 (28 January 1916); 'Commonwealth Gazette', No. 44 (6 April 1916).
Recommendation date: Letter dated 2 May 1915

Military Cross

'Consistent good work and devotion to duty 26 October 1916 to 15 january 1917. Cool and able command of Battery and courage under fire at all times.'

Bar to Military Cross

'Courage and resource in taking charge of Battery at critical moment and rendering valuable services. Also for consistent gallantry and devotion to duty. (East of Ypres, 8 August 1917)'
Recommendation date: Unspecified

FateKilled in Action 5 October 1917
Place of death or woundingBelgium
Age at death30
Age at death from cemetery records30
Place of burialReninghelst New Military Cemetery (Plot IV, Row C, Grave No. 5), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Mary EAST, Ramsay Street, Rochester, Victoria

Military Cross

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Bar to Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When his battery commander and a subaltern were killed he took command, showing most remarkable steadiness. He continued to command the battery until it was relieved from a very exposed position, displaying remarkable courage throughout. He set a magnificent example of fortitude and courage to his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: 2361 Pte Leslie Harris EAST, 2nd Pioneer Bn, returned to Australia, 24 August 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

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