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Private: 4995 Walter Roy CASTLE.

Born: 1899.




Father: John Castle.



Walter Roy Castle enlisted with the 14th Reinforcements, 30th Battalion AIF on the ..and left Sydney on board HMAT A74 "Marathon" on the 10th of May 1917 ant was transfered to reinforce the 35th Battalion and was Taken on Strength in the field.

29th May 1918.

Informant; Private: 6856 George William WALSH B Company No:8 Platoon. They were about 5 yards from me in a trench at VILLERS-BRETONNEUX at 7:00am, and were buried by practically a direct hit from a shell. It was a shallow front line trench and there were just the 5 of us in it. I was the only man who got out. Sergeant: 942 Richard Patrick CAHILL of B Company, No:8 Platoon, 35th Battalion came up after it happened and we could see some of the helmets, etc cut to pieces, lying in the dirt.

They were not dug up as we retired 5 minutes later. They were all B Company No:8 Platoon. Private: 3768 Samuel John MOORE tall, thin only Moore in Company, people live in England. Private: 6993 Charles William Morrice RICKS, short, black hair, curious walk. Private: 4834a Jack RYAN 5' 9", well built, original 2nd Battalion, and had been in Gallipoli and re-enlisted. Private: 6884 Simon SPRINGER 5' 8", fair, nuggety,about 28, came from 20th reinforcements of 19th Battalion, the only Springerin Company.

Confirmed by Private: 2596 Richard Percy GILBEY B Company, No:8. London, England.

14th August 1918

Informant; Private: 4995 Walter Roy CASTLE B Company No:6 Platoon. "While in the line at VILLERS-BRETONNEUX in June. Private: C R ROSS. B Company No:5 Platoon, showed me a letter he had just received from L/Cpl S I MOORE, B Company No:8 Platoon, written from hospital in England saying that he was recovering. I last saw Private ROSS on July 25th in France.

5th Southern General Hostital. Milton Section, Portsmouth, England.

Walter was a single 18 year old Grocers Assistant from Fox Street, Wagga Wagga upon enlistment. His brother als enlisted. Private: 4998 Allen Hercules CASTLE. 35th Battalion AIF. Walters last known address was 77 Miller Street, North Sydney, N.S.W.

Military Records

(Australian National Archives)


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