Walter James Holmes

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Walter James Holmes
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Personal Information
Date of Birth 9 May 1899
Place of Birth Bishop's Wallham, Hampshire, England
Death 31 Aug 1956. aged 57
Place of Death Mt Lawley, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 43 years old
Description 5'8" (1.73m) tall ; ; fair complexion ; blue eyes ; fair hair ; scar on nose, top lip and chin
Occupation Hotel keeper
Religion Church of England
Address Travelers Arms Hotel, Bedfordale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Mother , Mrs. Elizabeth Blythe
Military Information
Reg Number W62671
Date of Enlistment 28 May 1942
Rank Corporal
Unit/Formation Western Command RR & GDD (Staff)
Post War Details
Fate Remained in Australia
Medals War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45

Pre War

Electoral Roll entries: 1921 -1931 at 70 Alma road, North Perth, seaman; 1936 'Serpentine Falls Hotel' Serpentine, hotelkeeper; 1943 at 'Travellers Arms Hotel' Bedfordale, hotelkeeper

War Service

Walter was called up on 28 May 1942, and from 9 Jun 1942 was on full time duty. On 17 Jun 1942 he was sent to the 19th Australian Infantry Training Battalion at Northam to undertake basic training as a General Reinforcement. On 7 Aug 1942 he was unwell and was sent home for 8 days to recover. On 4 Dec 1942 he was appointed Lance Corporal, and on 6 Jul 1943 promoted to Acting Corporal.

On 29 Feb 1944 he was transferred to the staff of the 35th Australian Infantry Training Battalion in Northam where on 14 Jul 1944 he reverted to Private and the next day was sent to the Western Command General Details Depot for reallocation. While there he was seen by a Medical Board who reclassified him B2 as a result of injury to his right wrist. On 7 Sep 1944 Walter joined the 8th Australian Supply Depot as a Lance Corporal, and was promoted Corporal on 19 Jun 1945.

Walter was transferred to the staff of the Western Command Recruit Reception & General Details Depot on 30 May 1946 until 26 Mar 1947 when he became one of hose being processed for Discharge which occurred on 3 Apr 1947.

Post War

Electoral Roll entries: 1949 - 1954 at 68 Alma road, North Perth, hotelkeeper;


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