Walter Edward Easter
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Walter emigrated to Australia aboard the SS Ballarat, departing London on 24 May 1923. H was listed in the shipping records as a 17 years old farm labourer, a member of a group of young men from the Church Army Training Farm, Hampstead Hall. During 1935 Walter married Jean Vance in the Canning district.
Electoral Roll entries: 1936 - 1937 at Woolgaron Station, Mullewa, station hand; 1943 at River road, Kelmscott, labourer.
Unlike most others, Walter enlisted first in the 2nd AIF. His next of kin at the time was Jean Easter. He was discharged after 9 months service on 18 Feb 1941 while with the 2nd Training Battalion. The reason is not yet known.
The day after his discharge from the 2nd AIF (i.e. 19 Feb 1941), he enlisted in the CMF giving his next of kin as Marjorie Easter (perhaps his mother). His final unit prior to discharge on 18 Oct 1945 was the 124th Australian General Transport Company.
Electoral Roll entries: 1958 - 1963 at 14 Griffin crescent, Manning, truck driver; 1963 at 14 Weld street, Palmyra, lumper.
Year of birth on enlistment for CMF was 1905, 1906 on enlistment for 2nd AIF.