Walter Leonard (Wally) O'CONNOR MC, MM

O'CONNOR, Walter Leonard

Service Numbers: 1076, S177
Enlisted: 5 January 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: Recruit Reception and General Details Depot (S.A.)
Born: Meningie, South Australia, 20 January 1896
Home Town: Murray Bridge, Murray Bridge, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Locomotive engine cleaner (S.A.R.)
Died: Natural causes, Wallaroo, South Australia, 21 November 1992, aged 96 years
Cemetery: Wallaroo Cemetery, S.A.
General Section Plot 1136
Memorials: Adelaide South Australian Railways WW1 & WW2 Honour Boards, Murray Bridge Roll of Honour WW1
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World War 1 Service

5 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1076, Adelaide, South Australia
6 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 1076, 3rd Pioneer Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
6 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 1076, 3rd Pioneer Battalion, HMAT Wandilla, Melbourne
7 Jun 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 1076, 3rd Pioneer Battalion, Messines
16 Jul 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 3rd Pioneer Battalion
1 May 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 3rd Pioneer Battalion
28 Jun 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 42nd Infantry Battalion
12 Aug 1918: Wounded Second Lieutenant, 42nd Infantry Battalion, "The Last Hundred Days", GSW (left foot)
20 Nov 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 44th Infantry Battalion
21 Sep 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 44th Infantry Battalion

World War 2 Service

26 Jun 1940: Enlisted Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2, Captain, SN S177, Volunteer Defence Corps (VDC), Wayville, South Australia
27 Jun 1940: Involvement Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2, Captain, SN S177, Homeland Defence - Militia and non deployed forces
4 Nov 1946: Discharged Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2, Captain, SN S177, Recruit Reception and General Details Depot (S.A.)

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Biography

Medals: Military Cross, Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA: 1889 - 1931) Wednesday 7 November 1917

ON ACTIVE SERVICE.

Sergeant W. L. O'CONNOR, who was recently awarded the Military Medal, is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice O'Connor, of Meningie. Prior to his enlistment, Sergeant O'Connor was in the clerical division of the Railways Department, and by his geniality, uprightness, and unassuming ways,   won a host of friends. Lieutenant Marnden (officer in charge of his battalion), in a letter dated August 21, says:-"Wallie O'Connor won the Military Medal at the Messines fight for consistent   good work and bravery under heavy fire. He deserved it thoroughly, and I can tell you he has turned up trumps. No granting of an honor has   given so much satisfaction. His boys swear by him, and his officers can't say too much for him. He is as cool as a cucumber under the heaviest fire, and I can tell you, it has been heavy. With it all Wallie remains as unassuming as ever."

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"Military Medal.  SGT. W. L. O'CONNOR, M.M

Sgt. W. L. O'Connor, who was recently awarded the Military Medal, is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice O'Connor, of Meningie. Prior to his enlistment he was in the clerical division of the S. A. Railways Department, and by his geniality, uprightness, and unassuming ways, won many friends. Lieut. Marnden (officer in charge of his battalion), in a letter dated August 21, stated:- 

"Wallie O'Connor won the Military Medal at the Messines fight for consistent good work and bravery under heavy fire. He deserved it thoroughly, and I can tell you he has turned up trumps. No granting of an honour has given so much satisfaction. His boys swear by him, and his officers cannot say too much for him. He is as cool as a cucumber under the heaviest fire, and I can tell you it has been heavy. With it all, Wallie remained as unassuming as ever." - from the Adelaide Observer 10 Nov 1917 (nla.gov.au)

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