This blog is a companion to the Database of Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington

Saturday, September 28, 2013

The boys were all very sorry.

Walter Mackley's memorial stone at the Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval. Photo taken by Elizabeth Plummer, during  a recent visit.

Walter Mackley of Ascot Vale was a very youthful Sergeant when he was killed in November 1916 at the end of the Battle of the Somme, aged 19.  The Australian Red Cross made enquiries about the location of his grave in 1917, and one of his comrades stated that:
"He was very much liked and the boys were all very sorry.  He got his Sgt stripes in Egypt".

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