"I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me "
WAANDERS, Walter Reginald
Service no 2478
Born 09 April 1895 at Glanville, SA
Son of Cornet Simon WAANDERS & Sarah nee HEFFRON
Studio portrait of 2478 Private Walter Reginald Waanders, 32nd Battalion, of Adelaide, SA. A labourer before enlisting in December 1915, Pte Waanders left Australia for England in March 1916, and after transferring to the 48th Battalion, arrived in France for service on the Western Front in April 1916. Pte Waanders survived the war, and returned to Australia in March 1919, only to die from a epithelioma of the neck at Keswick Hospital on 20 May 1919, aged 24. Pte Waanders' photograph appears in a memorial booklet, which includes a poem and the words "In loving memory of our dead son and brother".
WADDELL, William James
4th Light Horse Brigade Train
Born 22 November 1888 at Hindmarsh, South Australia
Son of George WADDELL & Nelly Dobson nee KING
Occupation prior to enlistment clerk from Rose Park, South Australia
Commissioned on 26 March 1915.
He embarked for overseas as a Lieutenant from Adelaide on 26 May 1915 aboard HMAT Afric.
After he had seen action at Gallipoli, he went on to serve in France where he was Mentioned in Despatches for duties with the 2nd Australian Divisional Headquarter from February until July 1917.
He was awarded a Military Cross (MC) for courage in carrying out reconnaissance in heavily shelled areas between 22 September 1917 and 24 February 1918.
Arrived back in Australia on 21 March 1919.
Service No. 2898
6th Reinforcements, 43rd Battalion
Born 11 December 1887 at Blackwood, South Australia
Son of Robert Henry WADE & Mary nee TROTT.
Pte Wade enlisted on 19 October 1916 and embarked from Adelaide aboard HMAT Berrima on 16 December 1916. He was killed in action near Mont St. Quentin, France, on 1 September 1918, aged 30.
His brother, 5695 Pte Alfred Edward Wade, 51st Battalion, also served with the AIF. He returned to Australia on 12 May 1919.
WADE, William John
Service No 637
B Company 32nd Battalion
Born 23 August 1895 at Renmark, South Australia
Son of William Henry WADE & Florence Jane nee AMBRAY
Studio portrait of 637 Private (Pte) William John Wade, B Company, 32nd Battalion, of Berri, River Murray, SA. Pte Wade enlisted on 2 July 1915 and embarked from Adelaide aboard either HMAT Geelong on 18 November 1915 or HMAT Katuna on 24 November 1915. He returned to Australia on 15 January 1919.
Waite joined the Australian Imperial Force as a lieutenant on 20 August 1914 and was posted to the 3rd Field Artillery Brigade; shortly before embarkation he was promoted captain and transferred to the 3rd Field Artillery Brigade Ammunition Column. His unit landed at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 and Waite served there until the evacuation in December, first commanding the 7th Field Artillery Battery and then the 8th. For his Gallipoli service he was awarded the Military Cross and was mentioned in dispatches. After a brief time in staff appointments in Egypt, Waite was transferred in March 1916 to the newly formed 4th Division, AIF, as lieutenant-colonel commanding the 24th Field Artillery Brigade. In June he embarked for France and the brigade went into action at Bois Grenier and Fromelles, and at Ypres, Belgium. Waite took command of the 11th Field Artillery Brigade from January 1917. He served as an artillery brigade and group commander in operations on the Somme, at Bullecourt, Ypres, Messines, Dernancourt and Villers-Bretonneux, received the Distinguished Service Order, particularly for his work at Fromelles, Ypres and the Somme, and was again mentioned in dispatches. In August 1918 he was invalided home to Adelaide. He retained his commission in the militia and in 1926-30 commanded the 10th Battalion (Adelaide Rifles). In the Second World War he resumed full-time military duties, initially as camp commandant at Wayville and Woodside, and later as deputy director of recruiting at Keswick Barracks, Adelaide. At 90 he presided over the last memorial meeting of Boer War veterans. He was especially well known as chief marshal on Anzac Days in Adelaide; mounted on a dapple-grey charger, he led the parade on twenty-nine occasions
WALKER, John William Octavius
6th Field Artillery Brigade
Member of Adelaide Rowing Club
40 year old public accountant from Glenelg, South Australia
Commissioned on 20 October 1915 and embarked for overseas from Melbourne on 24 November 1915 aboard HMAT Botanist. He saw action in France with the 5th Field Artillery Brigade and the 22nd Field Artillery Brigade before taking ill.
On 9 January 1917, Captain Walker was placed on the Supernumerary List and resigned his appointment in England on 29 October 1919 due to ill health.
WALKER, Robert George
Service No. 3376
6th Australian Light Horse
Born 18 June 1880 at Oladdie, SA.
Son of the late William WALKER & Agnes McQueen nee HALLIDAY of " Craglee," Applely, Tamworth
He enlisted at Sydney in April , 1917 , and sailed for Egypt after two months at Menangle Park.
He went to the Palestine front on 25th April, 1916, and was attached to "C" Squadron, "B" Troop, 6th Australian Light Horse.
Contracted Malaria whilst on active duty.
Embarked for Australia 19 January 1919
WALL, Clifford Arnold
Service no 6340A
Born 15 August 1894 at Wandearah near Port Pirie, SA
Son of John WALL & Sarah Ann nee CROWELL
Occupation prior to enlistment Farm Labourer
Enlisted 20th April 1916 at Adelaide, SA
Killed in Action 02 September 1918
Buried in an isolated grave, just south of Allainen, and 1 3/4 miles north of Peronne, France.
Remains Exhumed and buried at Peronne Communal Cemetery
A wooden cross and rifle mark the grave of 6340A (incorrectly inscribed as 6340) Private Clifford Arnold Wall, 27th Battalion, enlisted Wandearah West, SA, killed in action 2 September 1918, in Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension. This image is one of a set of photographs of the original graves of some members of the 27th Battalion. The Battalion funded the purchase of the camera through its adjutant Captain (Capt) Southon for 5541 Pte G R Barrington to photograph the graves. The camera and negatives were then acquired by Major John L Treloar on behalf of the Australian War Museum, reimbursing costs for the camera to Capt Southon.
Courtesy of Max Slee
WALSH, Richmond Ambrose
Service no 201
Studio portrait of 201 Private (Pte) Richmond Ambrose Walsh, 32nd Battalion, of Unley, SA. Pte Walsh's actual name was Andrew Clement Walsh (born 27 June 1898 at Parkside, son of Michael Thomas WALSH & Mary Agnes nee GAPPER) but being just 17, and therefore under legal enlistment age in 1915, he enlisted under the name of an elder brother. Pte Walsh, who stated that his occupation at enlistment was 'horse driver', embarked on board HMAT Geelong (A2) on 18 November 1915. He was listed as missing in action in July 1916. It was reported to his family in October 1916 that he had been wounded. Subsequent investigations, however, showed that Pte Walsh had been killed in action at Fleurbaix, near Fromelles on 20 July 1916. Pte Walsh's two older brothers also enlisted: 220 Pte Francis Raphael Walsh, who enlisted on the same day, and also in the 32nd Battalion; and 12688 Private George Leslie Walsh, 11th Field Ambulance. Both survived the war.
WALTERS, James Robertson
Service no 593
11th Australian Light Horse Regiment
Born Port Adelaide, SA
Mother Sarah WALTERS.
Studio portrait of 593 Private (Pte) James Walters, 11th Australian Light Horse Regiment, of Albert Park, SA. Pte Walters enlisted on 10 December 1914 and embarked from Brisbane aboard HMAT Medic on 2 June 1915. On 30 April 1918 he was killed in action near Jerusalem in Palestine.
State Records of SA GRG 26/5/4/1844