Service Number: 2329
Enlisted: 14 June 1915, Liverpool, New South Wales
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: Dunsterforce
Born: Petersburg, 1 November 1893
Home Town: Peterborough (Formerly Petersburg), South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Printer
Died: Pulmonary Tuberculosis, Mitcham Sanatorium, Melbourne, Victoria, 1 October 1920, aged 26 years
Cemetery: West Terrace Cemetery (General)
Row 7, Road 2, SE (GRM/5*) and Panel 28 at the AWM
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Norwood Primary School Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

14 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2329, Liverpool, New South Wales
14 Jul 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2329, 1st Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
14 Jul 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2329, 1st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Orsova, Sydney
1 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 2329, 1st Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
23 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 2329, 1st Infantry Battalion, Pozières
3 Oct 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 2329, 1st Infantry Battalion, Polygon Wood
30 Dec 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Corporal, 1st Infantry Brigade Headquarters
25 Jan 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Sergeant, Dunsterforce
28 May 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 2329

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Born in Petersburg (now known as Peterborough) South Australia.

Described on enlisting as  21years 7 months; 5’ 9 ½” tall; 150lbs; fair complexion; dark brown eyes;
dark hair; single; Presbyterian – youngest of 7 (6 older brothers).

Father:  died when Walter was a child (cause unknown)

Next of kin:  Brother, William Abotomey – "Macleay", Harrow Road, Rockdale NSW

Last known address: Ocean St, Kogarah NSW

6/6/1915                     War service: taken on strength

12/6/1915                   Completed medical – fit for service

14/6/1915                   Enlisted as Private

16/6/1915                   Commanding Officer appointed Walter into 1st Battalion, 7th Reinforcements.

14/7/1915                   Embarked from Sydney on HMAT Orsova A67
                                   as a Private with the 1st Infantry Battalion, 7th Reinforcements

01/10/1915                 Temporary Corporal in Gallipoli
                                   until evacuated with influenza a few weeks later.

20/10/1915                 Anzac, Gallipoli, Reverts to Private, upon evacuation to hospital

26/10/1915                 Admitted to Auberge De Baviere Mil Hospital – Malta  (with influenza)

9/11/1915                   Transferred to All Saints Camp, Malta.

4/1/1916                     Discharged to duty (ex All Saints Conv. Camp)
                                   reverted to rank of Private upon evacuation to Hospital

4/1/1916                     Embarked for Egypt, ex “Bornu”

13/1/1916                   Joined Battalion 7th Reinforcement, Tel El Kebir, Egypt

27/1/1916                   Crime – Absent from Camp from 23-28/1/1916 – award 7 days
                                   forfeit of pay

13/3/1916                   Promoted to Lance Corporal

22/3/1916                   Proceeded to join British Expeditionary Force, ex Alexandria, Egypt
                                   Ex  O.C. HMT “Ivernia

28/3/1916                  Disembarked at Marseilles, France

13/8/1916                  Promoted to Temp Corporal – France, with 61st Battalion
                                  and 1st Battalion -  Evacuated sick

26/10/1916                Promoted to Corporal, 1st Battalion – in the field

29/11/1916                On Command to Divisional School of Instruction

29/12/1916                Rejoined unit from Divisional School of Instruction

23/1/1917                  Sick – sent to Bulford Mil Hospital in UK.

5/2/1917                    Sick – transferred to Parkhouse Military Hospital

16/1/1917                  “C” Depot from No.1 Company, Parkham Downs

23/1/1917                  Admitted to Bulford Mil Hospital, for treatment whilst on leave

5/2/1917                    Transferred to Parkhouse Mil Hospital

12/3/1917                  Absent from duty 49 days

23/3/1917                  Taken on strength.  Transferred to 61st Battalion - London
                                  Transferred to 61st Battalion

5/4/1917                    Sick to 16th Field Ambulance from 61st Battalion

8/5/1917                    Marched in to 61st Battalion, from Wareham, England

23/4/917                    Absent from unit for a period of no less than “3 months” on account of
                                  wounds or sickness and is placed on supernumeracy list, England

11/8/1917                 Marched in from 61st Battalion, reinforce 1st Battalion

11/8/1917                 Transferred to 1st Battalion and marched out to overseas
                                 Training Brigade Perham Downs, England

20/8/1917                 Corporal - Proceeded overseas to France, via Southampton
                                 Training Brigade,  Perham Downs, England

21/8/1917                 From England – arrived into Hauvre

26/8/1917                 Taken on strength of 1st Battalion AIF from 61st Battalion

29/9/1917                 Promoted -  Temporary Sergeant

30/9/1917                 Evacuated Wounded in action - France

3/10/1917                 Reverts to permanent rank of Corporal – on being evacuated
                                 wounded (shot in the thigh) - France

5/10/1917                 Taken back to Boulogne

20/11/1917               Rejoined Battalion, from wounded in France

30/12/1917               Taken on strength.  Serving with 'Dunsterforce', from France

22/1/1918                 Detached for duty with 1st Australian Infantry Brigade Headquarters

25/1/1918                 Selected for Special Duty with Imperial Army  “Dunsterforce
                                 A special force established to reorganise resistance to enemy advances
                                 in Mesopotamia and Persia.
                                 A Unit whose movements  were strictly secret
                                 (vide Correspondence Defence A.469/1/104) - Service in Caucases.

Established in 1917, Dunsterforce was an Allied military mission of under 1,000 Australian, New Zealand, British, and Canadian troops (drawn from the Mesopotamian ( and Western ( Fronts), accompanied by armoured cars, deployed from Hamadan ( some 350 km across Qajar Persia ( It was named after its commander General Lionel Dunsterville ( Its mission was to gather information, train and command local forces, and prevent the spread of German propaganda.

10/3/1918                 Promoted to Sergeant, to complete establishment and to remain

01/5/1918                 Diagnosed with severe tuberculosis.

19/5/1918                 Sergeant admitted to hospital – invalided to India, per A.J. Syria
                                 and struck off strength

9/1/1919                   Travelled on SS Gracchus on way home to Australia
                                 - had a slight haemoptysis

18/3/1919                 Sick with Pulmonary Tuberculosis – at Bodington Santorium

22/3/1919                 Returned to Australia on board 'Janis', from Calcutta

4/4/1919                   Transferred from NSW 1st Battalion
                                 Requested discharge to Kalyna Sanatorium SA

16/5/1919                 Recommended to transfer to No.4 Military District (SA),
                                 as he is now able to travel.

18/5/1919                 Stationed at Keswick, South Australia

28/5/1919                 Discharged from service

1/10/1920                 Died (aged 26) in Mitcham Sanatorium, South Australia
                                 due to Pulmonary Tuberculosis.

                                 Buried:   West Terrace Cemetery
                                                General, Row 7, Road 2;  SE (GRM/5*)
                                                Adelaide, South Australia.

WWI Star 1914-15 (2170);   British War medal (27849) ;  Victory medal (2757).


Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  4 August 2014.  Lest we forget.