Walter Edward BACK

Regimental number1723
Place of birthTumut, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMotor driver
AddressJugiong, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 11"
Weight182 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs E A Back, Jugiong, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date27 January 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll27 January 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/21/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 17 March 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: 4th Battalion
Promotion date: 6 May 1918

FateReturned to Australia 28 March 1919
Discharge date16 July 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 17 March 1915; disembarked Suez, 17 April 1915.

Joined Bn at Gallipoli, 31 May 1915.

Admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance, 14 August 1915 (diarrhoea), and transferred same day to Mudros; to Malta, 19 August 1915, and admitted to British Hospital, St David's, 25 August 1915 (colitis and debility); transferred to Ghan Tuffeha Convalescent Hospital, 13 September 1915; rejoined unit, Mudros, 22 October 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria from Mudros, 29 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Appointed Lance Corporal, 20 January 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 23 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 30 March 1916.

Promoted Corporal, 4 August 1916; appointed Temporary Sergeant, 30 August 1916.

Wounded in action, 15 April 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 18 April 1917 (no further details recorded).

Promoted Sergeant, 15 July 1917.

Proceeded to 2nd Army Rest Camp, 13 August 1917; rejoined Bn, 27 August 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 8 September 1917; rejoined Bn from leave, 25 September 1917.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 24 October 1917 (scabies), and transferred same day to 50th Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train No 28 (dermatitis), and admitted to 54th General Hospital, 29 October 1917; transferred to 25th General Hospital, Hardelot, 31 October 1917; discharged to Base Depot, Havre, 30 November 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 3 December 1917.

On leave to Paris, 16 January 1918; rejoined Bn, 27 January 1918.

Admitted to 14th Australian Field Ambulance, 4 February 1918 (scabies); transferred to 15th Australian Field Ambulance, 24 February 1918; discharged to duty, 25 February 1918 (furunculosis); rejoined Bn, in the field, 28 February 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 18 March 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 4 April 1918.

Appointed 2nd Lieutenant, 6 May 1918.

Detached to 2nd Army Central School, 9 June 1918; rejoined Bn from detachment, 27 June 1918.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 23 August 1918 (gun shot wound, left arm), and admitted to 1st Australian Field Ambulance; transferred same day to 53rd Casualty Clearing Station, and thence to Ambulance Train, and admitted to 2nd General Hospital, Havre, 24 August 1918. Transferred to England, 24 August 1918, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, 26 August 1918; discharged to Overseas Training Brigade, 8 October 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 17 October 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 25 October 1918.

Promoted Lieutenant, 28 November 1918.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 24 January 1919; marched into Overseas Training Brigade, Sutton Veny, 25 January 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Southampton on board HT 'City of Poonah', 28 March 1919; disembarked Sydney, 16 May 1919; discharged (appointment terminated), 16 July 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BACK Walter Edward