Indigenous Australian, Private Walter ANDREWS, 15th Infantry Battalion.
Walter Ernest Andrews was born at Bawley Point, NSW in 1888 and was residing in Lismore when he enlisted 20 May 1916. Similar to many enlistments from Lismore, Walter trained at Enoggera Camp, Brisbane prior to embarking on HMAT Boonah for service overseas.
Andrewes was hospitalised with influenza and mumps when he reached England, then proceeded to France where he served with his battalion on the Western Front.
Andrews was wounded several times in 1918, first to the knee, then a shell wound to the left arm, after which he was invalided to England.
Andrews married Winifred Beatrice Gaunt, from Essex while he was recuperating in England, and they both returned to Australia aboard HMAT Demothenes, 19 September 1919.
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- Service record: ANDREWS, Walter Ernest
- Image: Australian War Memorial
- Unit Diary: 15th Infantry Battalion, July 1918
- Image: The Queenslander Pictorial 17 May 1917
- One of the soldiers featured in SLQ’s HistoryPin Collection
- View the whole Collection: Indigenous enlistment
- Queensland’s Indigenous Servicemen Digital Story and Oral History
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