OLIVER, Walter

Service Number: 19332
Enlisted: 10 August 1915
Last Rank: Battery Quartermaster Sergeant
Last Unit: 3rd Divisional Ammunition Column
Born: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, August 1891
Home Town: Jolimont, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Illness - Tubercular disease of lungs, Fovant Military Hospital, Wiltshire, 24 January 1920
Cemetery: Fovant (St. George) Churchyard
Fovant (St. George) Churchyard (Plot I, Row E, Grave No. 5), Wiltshire
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

10 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Battery Quartermaster Sergeant, SN 19332, 7th Field Artillery Brigade
11 May 1916: Involvement SN 19332, 7th Field Artillery Brigade
11 May 1916: Embarked SN 19332, 7th Field Artillery Brigade, HMAT Argyllshire, Sydney
24 Nov 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Battery Quartermaster Sergeant, 3rd Divisional Ammunition Column
24 Jan 1920: Involvement SN 19332, 3rd Divisional Ammunition Column

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK

Died on this date - 24th January........Walter Oliver was born at Springvale, Melbourne, Victoria in 1891. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 10th August, 1915 as a 24 year old Clerk from Jolimont, Melbourne, Victoria.

Walter Oliver was posted as Acting Quartermaster Sergeant while in camp in Sydney, NSW. He was appointed provisionally as Battery Quartermaster Sergeant on 12th April, 1916 & embarked from Sydney on 11th May, 1916 & disembarking at Plymouth, England on 10th July, 1916.

(Prov.) Battery Quartermaster Sergeant Walter Oliver proceeded overseas to France on 24th November, 1916. He was on leave to Paris in October 1917 & to England in October 1918.
Battery Quartermaster Sergeant Walter Oliver was marched out for return to Australia – Quota 39 & left France for England on 28th April, 1919. He was released temporarily from A.I.F. on 2nd June, 1919 for non Military Employment in UK.

While waiting for transport back to Australia Battery Quartermaster Sergeant Walter Oliver was admitted to 1st Australian General Hospital at Sutton Veny, Wiltshire on 24th October, 1919 with Asthma. He was transferred to Military Hospital at Fovant, Wiltshire from Sutton Veny on 20th November, 1919 seriously ill with Chronic Bronchitis.

Battery Quartermaster Sergeant Walter Oliver died at 11.30 am on 24th January, 1920 at Fovant Military Hospital, Wiltshire from Tubercular disease of lungs. He was buried in St George’s Churchyard, Fovant, Wiltshire where 43 other WW1 Australian Soldiers are buried.