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|Date of Birth||
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|Place of Birth||Fitzroy, Victoria|
|Death||18 Apr 1934, aged 42|
|Place of Death||Perth, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||24 years old|
5'11" (1.80m) tall ; 147 lbs|
66.678 kg; fresh complexion ; blue eyes ; dark brown hair
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Jarrahdale, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Brother , Mr Percival Samuel Cattach|
|Date of Enlistment||13 Mar 1916|
|Unit/Formation||10th Light Horse Regiment, 19th Reinforcement, allocated to 3rd Signals Troop.|
|Date of Embarkation||17 Jul 1916 ‒ 18 Aug 1916|
|Ship Embarked On||RMS Mongolia|
|Date of Return||29 Apr 1919 ‒ 20 May 1919|
|Ship Returned On||SS Dorset|
|Fate||Returned to Australia|
Jarrahdale Honour Roll |
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
British War Medal |
An earlier attempt to enroll had been rejected on teh grounds of cardiac weakness.
Soon after commencing training Walter was allocated to the 18th reinforcement draft for the 11th Battalion., However, within a fortnight he was returned to a Depot unit, and then reallocated to the 19th draft for the 10th Light Horse Regiment.
On arrival in Egypt he undertook further training including a period from 28 Oct to 9 Dec 1916 with the Imperial School of Instruction at Zeitoun. Following the training he was allocated to the 3rd Signal Troop.
Walter reported ill to the 3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance on 30 Jun 1917, was passed to the 5th International Brigade Field Ambulance in Marakeb, returning to his unit on 7 Jul 1917. Ill again on 20 Jul 1917, he was seen by the 3rd Australian Light Horse Field Ambulance, then transferred to the 65h Casualty Clearing Station on 22 and 23 Jul 1917, placed on an Ambulance Train from Raffa to El Arish where he entered the 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital in l Arish on 24 Jul 1917. On 1 Sep 1917 he was assessed at the 14th Australian General Hospital in Abbassia and, diagnosed with malaria, was sent to the convalescent hospital in Montazeh.
During January and February 1918 he seems to have had another bout of malaria before being posted to the Signals Training Unit at Moascar in June of 1918. Later that year he was promoted Temporary Sergeant.
Discharged 5th Military District 16 Oct 1919
Seemingly married in Victoria. Birth of a daughter on 3 Sep 1921 advised in The West Australian on 5 Sep 1921.
Electoral Roll entry - 1931 Boranup near Yarloop, labourer (wife possibly Eileen Margaret?)
CATTACH - On April 18, 1934, at Perth, Walter (late of Yarloop), husband of Lilly (Melourne), loving father of Joyce and Elizabeth, fond brother of Percy, WIlly, Eva (Mrs Delfs), Robert and Doris (Mrs N. Anderson); aged 42 years,