Walter Davies PRICE MC

Badge Number: 13032, Sub Branch: Unley

PRICE, Walter Davies

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 24 August 1915
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 43rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Mitcham, South Australia, 24 March 1886
Home Town: Hawthorn, Mitcham, South Australia
Schooling: Mitcham & Unley Public School, Adelaide Shorthand and Business Training Academy
Occupation: Accountant
Died: Heart Attack, 29 July 1944, aged 58 years, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Mitcham Cemetery, S.A.
Memorials: Adelaide Grand Masonic Lodge WW1 Honour Board (1)
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World War 1 Service

24 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Officer
9 Jun 1916: Involvement Lieutenant, 43rd Infantry Battalion
9 Jun 1916: Embarked Lieutenant, 43rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Afric, Adelaide
19 Feb 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Lieutenant, Night Raid at Armentiers , severely wounded in the knee.
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Lieutenant, 43rd Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Kathleen Bambridge

Walter Davies Price born 24/3/1886, son of Hon. Thomas Price former Premier of South Australia.  Educated at Mitcham and Unley Public Schools Adelaide Shorthand and Business Training Academy. Noted Sturt athlete, and was a leading bowler for some years.  He represented his State in interstate cricket against Victoria in 1913. He  was also a prominent footballer and baseballer for Sturt.  His injures in the WW1 put a stop to this promising athletic field, now he manages 'B' grade bowls at the Hawthorn Bowling Club.

Mr Price enlisted as a private in the AIF and gain his commission in Australia. he left with the original 43rd Battalion.  he was awarded a Militarly Cross for a night raid at armentiers on 19/2/1917.  He wasseverely wounded in the knee he was returned to Australia.

he was elected to the League late in 1917 and made Vice President in 1919-20. he went to the Interstate Congress which was held in Adelaide in 1919 again in Perth 1920. 

Mr Price was appointed by the State Government a represent on the Land Settlement Committee.  member of the Mitcham Local Repatriation Committee.  Mr Price entered the Civil Service in 1903 through the Lands Department, later being transferred to the produce department.  He was in 1920 Manager of the Light Square Branch of the Ice-Cold Storage Works.