Walter Frederick GREENSILL

GREENSILL, Walter Frederick

Service Number: 2312
Enlisted: 14 June 1916, Brisbane, Qld.
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 41st Infantry Battalion
Born: Carbrook, Qld., 9 February 1897
Home Town: Samson Vale, Moreton Bay, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Died of wounds, Belgium, 31 July 1917, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Kandahar Farm Cemetery, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
II F 20
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Brisbane 41st Battalion Roll of Honour, Enoggera Shire Council Roll of Honour WW1, Pine Shire Council Roll of Honour, Samford War Memorial, Samson Vale Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

14 Jun 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2312, 41st Infantry Battalion, Brisbane, Qld.
21 Oct 1916: Involvement Private, 2312, 41st Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
21 Oct 1916: Embarked Private, 2312, 41st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Boonah, Brisbane

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Walter's parents were Thomas Andrew Greensill and Anna Maria Wilhelmine Bertha Kruger, both well-known pioneering families of the district. Walter was living in Kobble Creek near Samsonvale when he enlisted on June 14, 1916. Walter died of wounds. Walter had two brothers, Frank William [175] and Ernest James [6800] who enlisted.


Chaplain A. A. Mills, in a letter to Mrs. Greensill, Kobole Creek, expressing his sympathy in the death of her son, Private Walter Frederick Greensill, who died of wounds on July 31, states :
"Since joining our battalion your son had nobly played his part as a soldier. While on duty in the front trenches your son was wounded, and brought to the aid post, and then sent to tho dressing station at the rear. The best that could be done was done but, alas, in vain. The body was laid to rest in the military cemetery near where your lad died. The grave will be marked and tended with care. Your loss is Indeed a great one.
May the knowledge that your lad bravely lived and nobly died afford you some measure of comfort in the hour of sorrow."