Walter James BARDEN


BARDEN, Walter James

Service Number: 1614
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 40th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bothwell, Tamania, 1886
Home Town: Bothwell, Central Highlands, Tasmania
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in action, Messines, Belgium, 30 April 1917
Cemetery: Strand Military Cemetery, Ploegsteert, Wallonie, Belgium
Plot 1, Row B, Grave 9
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Bothwell War Memorial, Men of Bothwell Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

1 Jul 1916: Involvement Private, SN 1614, 40th Infantry Battalion
1 Jul 1916: Embarked Private, SN 1614, 40th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Berrima, Hobart

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2 May 1917 - Recommmended for MID. Citation reads:

On the night of 29/30 April 1917 on the occasion of an enemy raid, under cover of a very heavy bombardment of our lines, Private Barden was on duty as sentry at the sap entrance. On the appearance of the enemy raiders he immediately rushed to the aid of two of his comrades in the front line bay and personally engaged three of the enemy, killing one of them. By his gallant action he prevented the disclosure to the enemy a very important position in our front line. It is regretted that Private Barden has since died of the wounds received on this occasion

MID was not awarded