Harold Walton OTTER

OTTER, Harold Walton

Service Numbers: 445, 3440, 3440A
Enlisted: 11 August 1914, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 53rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Sydney, New South Wales, 11 February 1895
Home Town: Marrickville, Marrickville, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Draughtsman
Died: Natural causes, Sydney, New South Wales, 13 May 1972, aged 77 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

11 Aug 1914: Enlisted Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Forces (New Guinea 1914), Private, SN 445, Sydney, New South Wales
19 Aug 1914: Involvement Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Forces (New Guinea 1914), Corporal, SN 445, 1st Infantry Battalion, Naval and Military Forces - Special Tropical Corps, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
19 Aug 1914: Embarked Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Forces (New Guinea 1914), Corporal, SN 445, 1st Infantry Battalion, Naval and Military Forces - Special Tropical Corps, HMAT Berrima, Melbourne
18 Jan 1915: Discharged Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Forces (New Guinea 1914), Corporal, SN 445, 1st Infantry Battalion, Naval and Military Forces - Special Tropical Corps
12 Dec 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3440, Moore Park, New South Wales
24 Jan 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3440, 53rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Anchises, Sydney
24 Jan 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3440, 53rd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
17 Nov 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 3440A, 53rd Infantry Battalion
1 Feb 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 53rd Infantry Battalion
24 Sep 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant
3 May 1919: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant
1 Dec 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 53rd Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"OFFICER ENLISTS AS A PRIVATE.

Yesterday afternoon Lieutenant Harold W. Otter was made a presentation of a wristlet watch by his fellow-officers In the head office of the Lands Department.. Mr. W. J. Roper (chief draughtsman) made the presentation. Shortly after the outbreak of hostilities Lieutenant Otter enlisted, and proceeded to Now Guinea, whore he contracted malaria. Subsequently ho was engaged as drill instructor to the Press Rifle Club with Captain Arthur Holmes, who spoke highly of his services, and later he was at Goulburn training camp. After many unsuccessful attempts to proceeod to the front, he sacrificed his commission and enlisted as a private." - from the Sydney Morning Herald 17 Jan 1917 (nla.gov.au)

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