Walter Henry DUFFIELD

Badge Number: S6599, Sub Branch: Railways

DUFFIELD, Walter Henry

Service Number: 1637
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: 7 April 1889, place not yet discovered
Home Town: Hammond, Mount Remarkable, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed when hit by a train, Gawler, South Australia, 8 June 1950, aged 61 years
Cemetery: Dudley Park Cemetery
Memorials: Bruce WW1 & WW2 Roll of Honor, Hammond Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

9 Jun 1916: Involvement Private, SN 1637, 43rd Infantry Battalion
9 Jun 1916: Embarked Private, SN 1637, 43rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Afric, Adelaide
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Private, SN 1637, 27th Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Wounded SN 1637, 27th Infantry Battalion

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Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal.

The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA: 1931 - 1954) Friday 9 June 1950


Walter Henry Duffield, 61 SAR enginedriver, of Meyer street, Torrensville, was killed when he was struck by an engine in Gawler station yard yesterday afternoon.   Duffield was the driver of the Mile End-Terowie freight train, which was standing in the yard. It is believed he was walking across the lines to his engine when he was struck by the engine of the Angaston-Gawler freight train. The body was brought to Adelaide by train.   Duffield, who was a widower, served with the 27th Battalion in the 1st AIF.


Bunyip (Gawler, SA: 1863 - 1954) Friday 16 June 1950


Given a last-minute warning that a train was approaching, engine driver Walter Henry Duffield, of Torrensville, attempted too late to leap out of the way and was killed in the Gawler Station yards on Thursday, of last week.

Duffield had brought a freight train from Mile End and after shunting for a period at Gawler had got out of his cabin while fireman Kevin James Viant was   supervising the taking on of water at a tank just north of the sub way.  

Fireman Viant was not aware that Duffield had left the engine until he heard another freight train approaching from Angaston   looked up and saw Duffield walking across the lines rolling a cigarette.  

He yelled a warning which Duffield apparently heard as he tried to jump out of the way, but was struck by the engine and killed instantly.

The engine on the train from Angaston was pulling tender first and entered the Gawler yards shortly before 4 p.m.

After examination by Dr. V. deP. Rice, and the Local Coroner (Mr. J. W. Curnow, J.P.) the body was placed in the rear luggage compartment of the 4.34 p.m. rail car to Adelaide.

Duffield was frequently on   engines passing through Gawler and well-known to station officials here. He was 61 years of age.

To take his train on to Terowie another driver was sent from Adelaide. An inquest has been deemed unnecessary.


The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA: 1931 - 1954) Friday 9 June 1950


DUFFIELD.— THE FRIENDS of the late Mr. WALTER HENRY DUFFIELD (late S.A.R. and 1st 27th Batt. 1st A.I.F.) are respectfully informed that his Funeral will leave his late   residence, 81 Meyer street, Torrensville, on SATURDAY, at 11 a.m., for the Dudley Park Cemetery.  

H. BOWER. A.F.D.A.,   Funeral Director.   22 Henley Beach road, Mile End. L4811.

(P. W. Blackwell Ltd., Proprietors.)