Walter James LANSDOWN


LANSDOWN, Walter James

Service Number: 2411
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 4th Pioneer Battalion
Born: Bath, Somerset, England, 23 October 1870
Home Town: Paddington, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Carpenter
Died: Illness, United Kingdom, 5 March 1917, aged 46 years
Cemetery: Durrington Cemetery, Wiltshire
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ithaca War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

8 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, SN 2411, 4th Pioneer Battalion
8 Aug 1916: Embarked Private, SN 2411, 4th Pioneer Battalion, HMAT Itonus, Brisbane

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

2411 Private Walter James Lansdown served in the 4th Australian Pioneers. He enlisted in January 1916, stated his age as 41 years, and was a carpenter living in Brisbane. He left Australia in August 1916, and died in England at the Fargo Military Hospital, on the 5 March, 1917. Cause of death was heart failure and cerebral hemorrhage, and he is buried in the Durrington Cemetery, Wiltshire. He was actually 46 years old, and his wife submitted the following words for his headstone “We often think of you our loved one, and your name is often called, still there’s nothing that can answer, but your photo on the wall”. As this exceeded the 66 character limit on headstones, Emma Lansdown changed it to “Tho lost to sight, to memory dear” 

As well as being the husband of Emma Georgina Lansdown, he was the father of 10519 Driver Walter Oldway Lansdown, 3rd Divisional Train, Australian Army Service Corps, who died of wounds just three months later on the 20 June 1917.