Walter Reginald WAANDERS

WAANDERS, Walter Reginald

Service Number: 2478
Enlisted: 1 December 1915, Adelaide South Australia Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Glanville, South Australia, 1895
Home Town: Glanville, South Australia
Schooling: Glanville Public School, South Australia
Occupation: Labourer (prior to enlisting)
Died: Epithelioma of the neck, Keswick Barracks, Adelaide, South Australia, 20 May 1919
Cemetery: Cheltenham Cemetery, S.A.
Section I Row 5 Grave 160S
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

1 Dec 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide South Australia Australia
16 Jan 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2478, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
9 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, RMS Mongolia
10 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2478, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
10 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2478, 32nd Infantry Battalion
19 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2478, 48th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Mar 1919: Discharged AIF WW1
Date unknown: Involvement 32nd Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)
Date unknown: Involvement 27th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography

Described as:  21yrs 8mths of age;  single;  5’6” tall; 126 lbs; fresh complexion; blue eyes; dark brown hair; Church of England.

Served for 3 years in the 77th Battalion, Citizen Military Forces, still serving at time of AIF enlistment.

Next of kin:  Mother Mrs Sara Ann Waanders (Exmouth Street, Exeter, South Australia)

 

War service: Egypt, Western Front

11 - 16 Dec 1915  - B. Company 2nd Depot Battalion

16 Dec 1915 - 16 Jan 1916  -  1st Depot Battalion

16 Jan - 10 Mar 1916  -  10 / 27th Battalion

10 Mar - 19 Apr 1916  -  4 / 32nd Battalion

19 Apr 1916  -  Transferred to and taken on strength of 48th Battalion

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 2 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 9 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 6 August 1916; remained at duty.

Admitted to 7th General Hospital, St Omer, 3 October 1916 (mumps); discharged to duty, 20 October 1916; rejoined unit, 21 October 1916.

Admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, 4 April 1917, and transferred to 56th Casualty Clearing Station (ulcer, face); to Ambulance Train, 8 April 1917, and admitted to 10th General Hospital, Rouen, 9 April 1917; transferred to England, 17 April 1917, and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Edgbaston, Birmingham (rodent ulcer, face); transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 24 September 1917; discharged on furlough, 3 October 1917, to report to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 17 October 1917.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 29 October 1917; discharged, 19 November 1917.

Found guilty, 22 November 1917, of being absent without leave from 6 pm, 17 October, until surrendering himself to the Military Field Police about 1230 am, 24 October 1917: incustody 28 days awaiting trial; awarded 21 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 57 days' pay.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 4 December 1917; discharged, 1 April 1918.

Marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 1 April 1918.

Found guilty, 21 May 1918, of neglecting to obey AIF Order 2256: awarded 7 days' confined to barracks.

Found guilty, 28 May 1918, of being absent from Guard Mounting ('duty fell upon another soldier'): awarded 7 days' confined to barracks.

Found guilty, 4 June 1918, of (1) neglect of Depot Order 2256, viz. in Weymouth without a pass; (2) escaping from custody in that he when under arrest broke away from LCpl McGill; (3) breaking Camp while under confined to barracks order: awarded 21 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Admitted to No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 18 June 1918 (rodent ulcer); discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 2 July 1918.

Admitted to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 24 August 1918 (ulcer on jaw); marched in to No 2 command Depot, Weymouth, 16 September 1918.

Transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 23 January 1919; listed as 'dangerously ill (epithelioma paroted)', 10 February 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Southampton on board HT 'Wandilla', 31 May 1919; medical report, HT 'Wandilla': 'Steadily going downhill. Growth spreading'; disembarked Adelaide and admitted to 7th Australian General Hospital, Keswick, 16 May 1919;

 

died (epitheliona of neck), 7th Australian General Hospital, Keswick, Adelaide, 20 May 1919, died before discharge.

His mother was present at his death.

 

Medals: WWI Star; British War Medal (33983), Victory Medal (33745); Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll (985864).

 

Pte Waanders' photograph appears in a memorial booklet, which includes a poem and the words "In loving memory of our dead son and brother".

 

 

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan  1 June 2014

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