Walter Farquharson

First Name: 
Walter
Last Name: 
Farquharson
Mother's Name: 
Emma
Father's Name: 
Percy Farquharson
Date Enlisted: 
Saturday, May 15, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Sergeant
Unit: 
19th Battalion
Company: 
A
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Thursday, May 3, 1917
Place of Death: 
Bullecourt, France
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

Sergeant Walter Farquharson (Service no. 1689) was born in Kiama circa 1892. At the time of enlistment he was a single 23 year old postal assistant who had spent two years in the Senior Cadets. He embarked on HMAT Kanowna A61 on 19th June, 1915 with 2nd Reinforcements 19th Battalion. He was posted to A coy 19th Battalion and saw service on Gallipoli with them. After the evacuation he returned to Egypt and on 8th February, 1916 was promoted to Lance Sergeant.

In France, Walter was wounded in action on 26th July, 1916 with a gun shot wound to his shoulder. He was evacuated to hospital in England for treatment. He returned to his unit and was killled in action at Bullecourt on 3rd May, 1917. Red Cross file evidence states that, he had been serving in enemy trench from 3am till 10:15pm, and had been wounded slightly three times. He was killed while trying to return to the Australian lines at Bullecourt.

Walter has no known grave. His brother Frank was also killed in France in 1918.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, FARQUHARSON W

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