Walter Oldway (Stable) LANSDOWN

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LANSDOWN, Walter Oldway

Service Number: 10519
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Driver
Last Unit: 3rd Divisional Train
Born: Paddington, Brisbane - Queensland, Australia, December 1892
Home Town: Paddington, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Boot clicker
Died: Died of wounds, France, 20 June 1917
Cemetery: Trois Arbres Cemetery
Memorials: Ithaca War Memorial, Milton Christ Church Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

30 May 1916: Involvement Driver, SN 10519, 3rd Divisional Train
30 May 1916: Involvement Driver, SN 10519
30 May 1916: Embarked Driver, SN 10519, HMAT Persic, Sydney
30 May 1916: Embarked Driver, SN 10519, 3rd Divisional Train, HMAT Persic, Sydney
20 Jun 1917: Involvement Driver, SN 10519, 3rd Divisional Train

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Father LANSDOWN, Pte. Walter James, 2411. 4th Australian Pioneers. Died of sickness 5th March, 1917. Age 46.

10519 Driver Walter Oldway Lansdown, 3rd Divisional Train, Australian Army Service Corps, died of wounds on the 20 June 1917. Walter the younger had enlisted in September 1915, and served in France from November 1916, until he was shockingly wounded in June 1917, with gunshot and or shrapnel wounds to his left leg, which was fractured, also shrapnel in his other leg, back, and shoulder, and he died later the same day in a Casualty clearing station. He was wounded at the Nieppe Chateau, Armentieres, and 10518 Private R.W. Johnston stated that “we put up a large tombstone for him, as he was a great favorite.” 11272 Corporal A.E. Sergeant stated that “the same shell killed 26 horses in the grounds of the Chateau and that “Stable” (Lansdown) had just been dismissed when he said “Oh I’ll give my pair an extra touch up” and returned to the horse lines, he was the only one killed and was a jolly fine fellow.”

Walter was 24 years of age and is buried in the Trois-Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck, France.

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