Walter James ARMOUR

ARMOUR, Walter James

Service Number: 3230
Enlisted: 23 July 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Mundoora, South Australia, 15 February 1891
Home Town: Port Pirie, Port Pirie City and Dists, South Australia
Schooling: Mundoora Public School & St. Mark's School, Port Pirie
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Mouquet Farm, France, 16 August 1916, aged 25 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Port Pirie Fathers of Sailors and Soldiers Association Port Pirie District Roll of Honor WW1, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

23 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 3230, Keswick, South Australia
27 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 3230, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
27 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 3230, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Benalla, Adelaide
26 Feb 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 50th Infantry Battalion
12 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 3230, 50th Infantry Battalion, Mouquet Farm

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Biography contributed by Aberfoyle Park High School

"...3230 Private Walter James Armour, 50th Battalion from Port Pirie, South Australia. A 24 year old labourer prior to enlisting on 27 July 1915, he embarked for overseas with the 11th Reinforcements of the 10th Battalion from Adelaide on 27 October 1915 aboard HMAT Benalla. After arriving in Egypt, he transferred to the 50th Battalion and went with them to France in June 1916. Pte Armour was killed in action at Mouquet Farm, France on 16 August 1916 and buried near where he fell. However, after the war his grave could not be located and he is commemorated on the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux, France with others who have no known grave." - SOURCE (


Mr. and Mrs. James Armour, of Port Pirie West, have been notified that their second son, Private Walter J. Armour (who was reported missing in August last, in France), died from concussion from shell shock in the Pozieres battle. Private Armour, who left with reinforcements in October, 1915, was 25 years old. He was born in Mundoora, and was educated at the Mundoora school and St. Mark's school, Port Pirie. Mr. and Mrs. Armour have still two sons on active service, both of whom took part in the landing on Gallipoli. The elder is now in France, back at the firing line, having recovered from wounds received at Pozieres. The younger, who has been wounded on three occasions, has been appointed drill instructor in England." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 27 Jan 1917 (