Walter Oswald BECKER

BECKER, Walter Oswald

Service Number: 504
Enlisted: 23 February 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Brownlow, South Australia, 20 August 1896
Home Town: Saddleworth, Clare and Gilbert Valleys, South Australia
Schooling: Saddleworth Public School, South Australia
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 5 November 1916, aged 20 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Saddleworth Institute Roll of Honor WW1, Saddleworth Memorial Trees Plaque, Saddleworth St. Aidans Church Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

23 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 504, 27th Infantry Battalion, Adelaide, South Australia
31 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 504, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '15' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Geelong embarkation_ship_number: A2 public_note: ''
31 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 504, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide
5 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 504, 27th Infantry Battalion, 'The Winter Offensive' - Flers/Gueudecourt winter of 1916/17

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Son of Carl Heinrich BECKER and Elizabaeth Pauline nee HONDOW


Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Becker, of Saddle worth, have received information that their son, Private O. W. Becker, was killed in action in France on November 5. Private Becker was only twenty years old, and was of fine physique. He received his education at the Saddleworth Public School, enlisted in February, 1915, and left with the 27th Battalion in May, 1915. Private Becker served at Gallipoli until the time of the evacuation, and after spending some months at Lemnos, and in the desert, was sent to France. An elder brother, Private A .Becker, is at present serving in France." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 30 Dec 1916 (