Herber Archibald Walton
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|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|
|Address||'Mayfield', River road, Kelmscott, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Wife , Mrs Violet Walton|
|Reg Number||WX35845 & W7520|
|Date of Enlistment||6 Mar 1941|
|Unit/Formation||11th Battalion (City of Perth Regiment)|
|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|
1939-45 Star |
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45
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.
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
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.