Walter Raymond Farnham

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Walter Raymond Farnham
Personal Information
Date of Birth 24 Sep 1897
Place of Birth Fremantle, Western Australia
Death 9 Oct 1922
Place of Death Edward Millen Home, Victoria Park, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 21 years, 6 months
Description 5'6½" (1.69m) tall ; 142 lbs
64.41 kg
; fair complexion ; blue eyes ; brown hair
Occupation Clerk
Religion Church of England
Address Station Master's House, Kelmscott, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr Joshua Farnham
Military Information
Reg Number 4436
Date of Enlistment 1 Oct 1915
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 11th Battalion, transferred to 51st Battalion / 13th Brigade, 4th Division
Date of Embarkation 9 Oct 1915 ‒ Fremantle to Alexandria
"Fremantle to Alexandria" contains an extrinsic dash or other characters that are invalid for a date interpretation.
Ship Embarked On HMAT A7 Medic As a Stowaway
Date of Return 10 Jul 1916 ‒ 6 Aug 1916
Ship Returned On HMAT A46 Clan McGillivray Port Suez to Fremantle
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument Kelmscott War Memorial (North panel)
Medals 1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

On 2 Oct 1912 Walter was accepted as a cadet in the Western Australian Railways. On 9 Feb 1914 he was suspended and then dismissed for unsatisfactory conduct and submitting a bogus letter re military leave.

Walter had previously attempted to enlist but was knocked back on medical grounds.

War Service

Walter stowed away on the HMAT A7 Medic, and was enlisted at Ghezirah, Cairo, Egypt on 1 Oct 1915. His records indicate some time spent with the 8th Battery Field Artillery Brigade before being taken on by the 11th Battalion. He appears to have served at Gallipoli with them, and during his time at Gallipoli, he was hospitalised on Lemnos in the 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital for three weeks in October 1915 with Rheumatic Fever. On his return to Anzac Cove he noticed shortness of breath when exerting himself.

On his return to Egypt he suffered an accidental bullet wound to his arm on 16 Apr 1916 and was admitted to 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital at Tel-el-Kebir. Walter was discharged to duty 3 days later on 19 Apr 1916. On 27 Apr 1916 Walter was posted to the3rd Training Battalion. Walter was transferred on 20 May 1916 to the 51st Battalion. Five days after joining the 51st Battalion he was again hospitalised in 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, this time with heart issues (myocarditis).

Assessed on 28 May 1916 and found to be unfit for duty, he was promptly returned to Australia, leaving Suez, Egypt via the HMAT A46 Clan McGillivray on 10 Jul 1916, arriving 6 Aug 1916 in Melbourne. Railed back to WA where he was hospitalised in 8th Australian General Hospital from 6 - 11 Aug 1916, before being discharged by 5th Military District on 28 Aug 1916.

Post War

Awarded a pension which was increased on 21 Jun 1917 to 30/- fortnightly. At the time he was again residing with his parents at the Kelmscott Railway Stationmaster's house.

Married in 1921 to Janet Cowan. Janet appears to remarry in 1935 to James H McCulloch.

DEATHS - FARNHAM - On October 9, 1922, at his residence, 437 Albany-road, Victoria Park, Walter Raymond, dearly beloved husband of Janet Farnham, aged 25 years. A patient sufferer at rest.[1] A later entry speaks of the staff at the Edward Millen Home where obviously Walter was being cared for.


  1. "Family Notices". The West Australian. XXXVIII, (6,362). Western Australia. 12 October 1922. p. 1. Retrieved 22 June 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 

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