Colin McLean Walker

First Name: 
Colin
Middle Name: 
McLean
Last Name: 
Walker
Alternate Spelling: 
Maclean
Mother's Name: 
Esther Walker (nee McLean)
Father's Name: 
James Walker
Date Enlisted: 
Monday, July 2, 1917
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
36th Battalion
Company: 
C
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Thursday, April 4, 1918
Place of Death: 
France
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

Colin Walker (Service No 3395) and his twin were born in Kiama, N.S.W. around 1898.  The family later moved to Sydney and he attended Petersham Public School.

Colin enlisted as a 19 year old; he was single and working as a lithographic artist.  Colin had previously served 12 months in the Militia.

He embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A28 Miltiades with 8th Reinforcements, 36th Battalion on 2nd August 1917.  The troops arrived in England on 3rd October 1917 and were sent on to join C Company in France on 30th January 1918.

On 4th April 1918 Colin was engaged in a counter attack near Villers-Bretonneaux.  At about 5.30 pm he was hit in the arm.  Colin attempted to get himself to safety, but as he stood up he was hit by a snipers bullet in the back of the head and killed.

Colin was buried at the site, but the wherabouts of his grave has been lost.

He is commemorated on the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneaux, France.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, WALKER C M

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