Walter Christopher George (Chris) SAUNDERS

SAUNDERS, Walter Christopher George

Service Number: 234
Enlisted: 29 February 1916, Hamilton, Victoria
Last Rank: Driver
Last Unit: 3rd Machine Gun Battalion
Born: Warrnambool, Victoria, December 1894
Home Town: Milltown, Glenelg, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Groom
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World War 1 Service

29 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 234, Hamilton, Victoria
27 May 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 234, 10th Machine Gun Company, HMAT Ascanius, Melbourne
27 May 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 234, 10th Machine Gun Company, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
22 Sep 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Driver, SN 234, 3rd Machine Gun Battalion

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...234 Private Walter Christopher (Chris) George Saunders. A native of Warrnambool, Vic, Pte Saunders worked as a groom prior to enlisting on 29 August 1916 with 10th Machine Gun Company and later transferred to 3rd Machine Gun Battalion. Pte Saunders embarked for service overseas aboard HMAT Ascanius (A11) from Melbourne on 27 May 1916, and returned to Australia in June 1919. Pte Saunders is the father of 337678 Lieutenant Reginald (Reg) Walter Saunders, 2/7th Battalion, who in the Second World War was the first Aboriginal serviceman to be commissioned in the Australian Army." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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