Walter enlisted on 6 Mar 1942 and after training was posted to 3rd Pioneer Company on 11 Apr 1942. He transferred to 2/11th Armoured Corps Regiment on 7 Jul 1942 and then to 1st Australian Base Depot on5 Jun 1944. Transferred to 16th Australian Infantry Training Battalion on 18 Jun 1944 and posted to 1st Australian Commando Training Battalion on 6 Nov 1944. He was trained as a signaller, then flew to New Guinea on 10 May 1945 and embarked from LAE for New Britain aboard "SUVA" on 17 May 1945, joining the 2/2nd on 19 May 1945.
Walter transferred to 13th Small Ships Company on 26 Dec 1945 and embarked for Australia on 11 Jan 1946, to be discharged on 18 Mar 1946.
He was entitled to the1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below. He is now also entitled to the Australian Service Medal 1945-75 with a clasp.
Edited by Peter Epps