Walter (Wild Bird) MAGARRY



Service Number: 50
Enlisted: 19 September 1914, Enoggera, Queensland
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 5th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Goondiwindi, Queensland, 10 May 1887
Home Town: Goondiwindi, Goondiwindi, Queensland
Schooling: Goondiwindi State School
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Died of Illness (Enteric fever), Greece, 12 October 1915, aged 28 years
Cemetery: East Mudros Military Cemetery
Plot III, Row B, Grave No. 35, East Mudros Military Cemetery, Mudros, Lemnos, Aegean Islands, Greece
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Goondiwindi War Memorial, Moree ANZAC Centenary Memorial
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World War 1 Service

19 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 50, Enoggera, Queensland
21 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 50, 5th Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
21 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 50, 5th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Persic, Sydney
16 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 50, 5th Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli


Walter was my great grand uncle and was born in Goondiwindi on the 10th May, 1887. He was a labourer but also a 'scrubber' (someone who rides their horse at great speed into the scrub to move on any cattle or horses that might be in the scrub).

He trained at Thompson's paddock Enoggera Brisbane before leaving by train to Sydney where he boarded the 'HMAT A34 Persic" for the middle east on the 21st December, 1914. He was in the second convoy of ships to leave Albany, Western Australia. They left on the 31st December, 1914, New Year's eve arriving in Egypt 1st February, 1915.

Walter died at the Mudros Military Hospital in Lemnos on the 12th October, 1915. He was 27 years old, and is buried in the East Mudros Cemetery Lemnos, Greece.

Medals: 1914/1915 Star, British War Medal, and the Victory Medal.

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Parents: William and Margaret MAGARRY, Goondiwindi, Queensland