Charles Valentine WALKER

WALKER, Charles Valentine

Service Number: 6606
Enlisted: 23 June 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 9th Infantry Battalion
Born: Wycarbah, Queensland, Australia, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Barcaldine, Barcaldine, Queensland
Schooling: Home Schooled
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Broncho Pneumonia, Fargo Military Hospital, Wiltshire, England, 1 February 1917, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Bishopstone (St. John the Baptist) Churchyard, Wilton, England. United Kingdom
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ilfracombe District Honour Roll, Ilfracombe Memorial Rotunda
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World War 1 Service

23 Jun 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 6606, 9th Infantry Battalion
21 Oct 1916: Involvement Private, 6606, 9th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '9' embarkation_place: Brisbane embarkation_ship: HMAT Boonah embarkation_ship_number: A36 public_note: ''
21 Oct 1916: Embarked Private, 6606, 9th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Boonah, Brisbane
1 Feb 1917: Involvement Private, 6606, 9th Infantry Battalion, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 6606 awm_unit: 9th Australian Infantry Battalion awm_rank: Private awm_died_date: 1917-02-01

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Biography contributed by Cathy Sedgwick

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick (OAM) – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland”

Died on this date – 1st February … Charles Valentine Walker was born around 1894/1895 in Queensland.

(Note: According to information provided by his foster mother for Roll of Honour – Charles was born at Wycabah & according to details provided by Charles Walker on his Attestation Papers he was born at Mount Morgan. Details regarding his parents are not known.).

He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 23rd June, 1916 at Longreach, Queensland as a 22 year old, single, Labourer from Lyndon, Brixton, Queensland.

Private Charles Valentine Walker, Service number 6606, embarked from Brisbane, Queensland on HMAT Boonah (A36) on 21st October, 1916 with the 9th Infantry Battalion, 21st Reinforcements & disembarked at Plymouth, England on 10th January, 1917.

Reinforcements were only given basic training in Australia. Training was completed in training units in England. Some of these were located in the Salisbury Plain & surrounding areas in the county of Wiltshire.

On 26th January, 1917 Private Walker was sent sick to Fargo Military Hospital, Wiltshire with Acute Bronchitis (very bad).

Private Charles Valentine Walker died at 1.55 pm on 1st February, 1917 at Fargo Military Hospital, near Durrington, Wiltshire, England from Broncho Pneumonia.

His body was buried privately on 5th February, 1917 by Mr Raikes (who was a Reverend & an uncle of Mrs Blain – adopted/foster mother of Private Walker)  - south of church at St. John the Baptist Churchyard, Bishopstone (Wilton), Wiltshire, England and has a Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone.


(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)