Walter Alfred King

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Walter Alfred King
Personal Information
Date of Birth 27 Nov 1898
Place of Birth Perth, Western Australia
Death 31 Aug 1960
Place of Death Joondana, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 19 years, 5 months
Description 5'8¼" (1.73m) tall ; 130 lbs
58.967 kg
; dark complexion ; brown eyes ; dark hair
Occupation Railway employee
Religion Presbyterian
Address c/- Millars, Mundijong, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr James Wardlow King
Military Information
Reg Number 56351
Date of Enlistment 8 May 1918
Rank Private
Unit/Formation Western Australian Reinforcement 2, transferred to 11th Battalion reinforcements in England
Date of Embarkation 29 Jul 1918 ‒ 27 Sep 1918
Ship Embarked On HMAT A74 Marathon
Date of Return 25 Sep 1919 ‒ 3 Nov 1919
Ship Returned On SS Mahana
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument Mundijong School Roll of Honour
Mundijong Honour Roll
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Medals British War Medal

Pre War

Commenced working for the railways on 10 Aug 1915 after passing a selection board and a medical. Initial employment as a junior in Perth. Granted leave to serve in the AIF.

War Service

Embarked for England in Albany after two months basic training. On arrival in England (London) was sent to the 1st Training Battalion at Fovant where he was allocated on 27 Sep 1918 to the reinforcements for the 11th Battalion, but did not go overseas to France to join them.

From 17 Nov till 23 Nov 1918 he was admitted to the Sutton Veny hospital with influenza, and had another period in hospital from 8 Jan to 5 Feb 1919, this time with mumps. In Feb 1919 he was again hospitalised with influenza, as he was again in April 1919, however, this last time he was to remain there for 2 months.

Discharged 5th Military District 18 Nov 1919

Post War

His Railway records show that on his return from England he rejoined on 2 Nov 1919, and served for short periods at Narrogin, Mundijong and Manjimup before being posted to Pinjarra. Had a short period in Perth before moving to Busselton, and again a brief period in Geraldton before moving to Ballidu. In 1937 was stationmaster at Greenhills and in 1940 he was at Mullewa as the Goods Clerk. In 1944 he returned to Perth as the Clerk in Charge of the night shift until he retired due to invalidity in 1955.

On 4 Nov 1925 Walter married Mabel May Pender McKinley (1904-1989) in the Methodist Church in George street, Pinjarra. Daughter Violet Mabel (1926-1984); son Ernest James (Ernie) (1929-1984)

Electoral Roll entries - 1922 - 1925 Pinjarra, railway employee; 1930- 1931 Election road, Busselton, night stationmaster; 1934 - 1937 Ballidu assistant stationmaster; 1943 Mullewa, clerk; 1949 - 1958 at 100 Powell street, Osborne Park, clerk (daughter Violet Mabel a clerk in 1949)

On 26 Apr 1942 he enlisted at Mullewa in the Citizens Military Forces with Reg No W71970, a Corporal in the 7th Geraldton Battalion of the Volunteer Defence Corps.


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