Kenneth Leigh WALKER

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WALKER, Kenneth Leigh

Service Number: 438
Enlisted: 21 August 1914, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Second Lieutenant
Last Unit: 7th Infantry Battalion
Born: Ascot Vale, Victoria, 1893
Home Town: Essendon, Moonee Valley, Victoria
Schooling: St Thomas' Grammar School, Essendon
Occupation: Farm hand
Died: Died of wounds, Gallipoli, 12 July 1915
Cemetery: Lone Pine Memorial
No known grave - At sea (HS Gascon) - Panel 27
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing
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World War 1 Service

21 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 438, Melbourne, Victoria
19 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 438, 7th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
19 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 438, 7th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Hororata, Melbourne
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 7th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC Gallipoli
25 Apr 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 7th Infantry Battalion
12 Jul 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 7th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of Charles Arthur Walker and Alice Barker of 18 Combermere Street, Essendon; brother of Charles R. Walker, Freda Carol Walker, Gladys Audrey Walker and Doris Alma Walker

Left Australia with 1st Exp. Force as Private. Promoted to L'Cpl during voyage to Egypt and  became a Corpporal in Egypt and later a Sergeant.

On 25 April 1915 took part in landing at Gallipoli and was wounded on that date. He was invalided to Egypt, returned to Gallipoli shortly afterwards and was promoted 2nd Lieut on gallantry on the field.

He was fatally wounded on 11th July 1915 whilst rescuing comrades who had been buried by falling parapets. He died of wounds the following day while on board H.M.H.S Gascon and was buried at sea off Gaba Tepe.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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