Walter Robert HERMAN


HERMAN, Walter Robert

Service Number: 5602
Enlisted: 15 April 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 26th Infantry Battalion
Born: Lawton, North Coast Line, Queensland, Australia, 21 October 1896
Home Town: Petrie, Moreton Bay, Queensland
Schooling: North Pine School
Occupation: Labourer
Died: DoW - SW back, received 24/5/1918 at Bonnay, 5th Casualty Clearing Station in Bonnay, Somme, 25 May 1918, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Querrieu British Cemetery
Querrieu British Cemetery (Row A, Grave No. 21), France
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World War 1 Service

15 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 5602, 26th Infantry Battalion
7 Sep 1916: Involvement Private, SN 5602, 26th Infantry Battalion
7 Sep 1916: Embarked Private, SN 5602, 26th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Clan McGillivray, Brisbane

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From François Berthout, Australia and NZ in WWI

Today it is with very great respect and very deep gratitude and a grateful heart that I want to pay a very respectful tribute to Private number 5602 Walter Robert Herman who fought in the 26th battalion of Australian infantry and who died of his wounds 102 years ago,on May 25, 1918 at the age of 21.

Walter Robert Herman was born on October 21, 1896 in Lawton, North Coast Line, Queensland and was the son of Jacob and Christina Herman and they lived in Petrie, Queensland. Walter was educated in North Pine and before the war he worked as a labourer.

Enlisted on April 15, 1916 in Brisbane in the 26th Australian infantry battalion, he received his training in Brisbane and embarked with his unit from Brisbane, Queensland on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on September 7, 1916 and sailed to England where he arrived on November 2, 1916 in Plymouth then he continued his training at Salisbury Plain. He then embarked for France on board SS Arundel from Folkestone, England on February 4, 1917 and he disembarked the same day in Etaples, France before leaving for the Somme front.

Walter fought with very great courage and very great bravery in the Somme but unfortunately, on May 25, 1918 he was wounded near Bonnay, Somme and was evacuated to the 5th Casualty Clearing Station in Bonnay, Somme but he died a few hours later at the age of 21.

Today, Walter Robert Herman rests in peace at Querrieu British Cemetery, Somme, with his comrades and his grave bears the following inscription "Only a boys in years but nobly he played a man's part aged 21 years"

Thank you Walter, only 21 years old, you answered the call of duty with courage for the king, for your family and your friends, joining the muddy trenches of the Somme and the horrors of war that shattered your youth but not your bravery, you have done your duty nobly as a man, with honor and devotion, not only for your country but also for France and the Somme who will never forget you and we will always watch over you with the honors and respects that you deserve, we will be eternally grateful to you and time will never erase your bravery, your sacrifice, the flame of Remembrance will always be maintained with all our respect and gratitude from our heart for you.Thank you Sir, for all that you did and sacrificed for us. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember him, we will remember them. Australia will always have a big place here in our hearts just like you sir and your comrades have a great place in mine and in my life.🌺