Walter Knox OLDING


OLDING, Walter Knox

Service Number: 1041
Enlisted: 8 March 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Kent Town, South Australia, 27 September 1885
Home Town: Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Norwood Public School
Occupation: Iron-monger's assistant
Died: Killed in Action, Pozières, France, 4 August 1916, aged 30 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Norwood War Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

8 Mar 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1041, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
8 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1041, Keswick, South Australia
31 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1041, 27th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '15' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Geelong embarkation_ship_number: A2 public_note: ''
4 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1041, 27th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
4 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1041, 27th Infantry Battalion, Pozières

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Biography contributed by Saint Ignatius' College

Walter Knox Olding was born on the 27th of September 1885 and grew up in Kent town. He lived in Norwood and he attended Norwood public school as a child. He grew up as an only child with parents John Guye and Agnes Maria Olding. After school, he grew up to be an iron-monger’s assistant before enlisting to the army for World War One.

Walter signed up to join the army for the war on the 8th of March 1915 at Keswick South Australia and was given service number 1041. He was then embarked on the HMAT Geelong A2 on the 31st of May 1915 to Alexandria to train for Gallipoli. He then got shipped to Gallipoli with the 27th battalion. Walter survived the war in Gallipoli, as very many people did in his battalion, as the 27th only suffered light casualties.

Walter, with the 27th battalion, enjoyed another stint in Egypt to do more training. They then proceeded to France on the 28th of July. The 27th battalion then fought in the battle of Pozieres where Walter died on the 4th of August.

Walter is commemorated at a mass grave at the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial in France after his body wasn’t recovered after the battle of Pozieres.