Herber Archibald Walton

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Herber Archibald Walton
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Personal Information
Date of Birth 4 Apr 1912
Place of Birth Cardiff, Western Australia
Death 17 Aug 1967
Place of Death Bentley, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 28 years, 11 months
Description 5'6½" (1.69m) tall ; ; dark complexion ; brown eyes ; black hair ; birthmark on right leg
Occupation Shop Assistant
Religion Methodist
Address 'Mayfield', River road, Kelmscott, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs Violet Walton
Military Information
Reg Number WX35845 & W7520
Date of Enlistment 6 Mar 1941
Rank Sergeant
Unit/Formation 11th Battalion (City of Perth Regiment)
Military Movement
1st Departure from Australia
Journey Dates 25 Nov 1944 ‒ 3 Dec 1944
Transport Details USAT Jane Addams Darwin to Jacquinot Bay, New Britain
Return to Australia
Journey Dates 12 Apr 1945 ‒ 21 Apr 1945
Transport Details HMT Taroona Jacquinot Bay, New Britain to Brisbane
2nd Departure from Australia
Journey Dates 27 Jun 1945
Transport Details plane Townsville to Jacquinot Bay
Return to Australia
Journey Dates 8 Dec 1945 ‒ 13 Dec 1945
Transport Details HMAS Westralia Rabaul, New Britain to Brisbane
Post War Details
Fate Returned to Australia
Medals 1939-45 Star
Pacific Star
Defence Medal
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45

Pre War

Heber married Violet (Vi) Jessie Carter (1913 - 2012) in 1941.

Electoral Roll entries: 1936 at 212 Brisbane street, North Perth, sales assistant; 1937 at 14 Monmouth street, North Perth, shop assistant.

War Service

Enlisted in the CMF on 6 Mar 1941, before being called up for full time service on 11 Nov 1941 at the Melville camp. On 16 Dec 1941 he was appointed Lance Corporal and classified as a Technical Storeman Grade TG III. On 21 Apr 1942 he was promoted Corporal, and on 8 Jan 1943 to Lance Sergeant. On 12 Feb 1943 he entrained for Adelaide and then relocated to Darwin with the 11th Battalion on 30 Feb 1943, arriving on 3 Mar 1943.

On 16 Mar 1943 Heber was promoted to Acting Sergeant, with his rank confirmed on 25 Apr 1943. On 12 Sep 1943 he was granted compassionate leave and Leave without pay in WA, rejoining his unit on 4 Nov 1943.

On 25 Nov 1944 he embarked on the USAT Jane Addams in Darwin for Jacquinot Bay in New Britain, arriving on 3 Dec 1944. He returned to Brisbane for leave on 21 Apr 1945 aboard the HMT Taroona from Jacquinot Bay for Brisbane, having departed there on 12 Apr 1945. He then returned to Jacquinot Bay on 27 Jun 1945 by plane from Townsville. Soon after, on 27 Aug 1945, he was hospitalised with tinea by the 2nd Australian Field Ambulance. He remained with the Field Ambulance for seven days before being released to his unit.

On 7 Dec 1945 he was released by the battalion for discharge in Australia, embarking in Rabaul on the HMAS Westralia on 8 Dec 1945, and disembarking in Brisbane on 13 Dec 1945. Discharged 11 Jan 1946

Post War

Electoral Roll entries: 1954 - 1963 with Violet Jessie at 17 Walpole avenue, St James, salesman.

Two sons, Howard George, born 1945 and Graeme Robert born 1950.


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