Walter James MISSINGHAM (aka SOUTAR)

Year of Birth:  1898

Place of Birth:  Townsville, Queensland

Date of Enlistment:  17 January 1916

Date and Place of Embarkation:  31 March 1916. Sydney, New South Wales

Ship:  HMAT Star of Victoria A16

Rank:  Private

Unit(s):  47th Australian Infantry Battalion

Regimental Number:  5184

Died:  12 August 1917


Private Walter James Soutar – photo courtesy RSL Virtual War Memorial


Although W. J. Missingham is the name on the Cenotaph, Walter enlisted under the name of Walter James Soutar.

Walter James Missingham was born in Townsville on the 5 June 1900 to Robert Walter Missingham and Annie Smail. A newspaper record and letters to the A.I.F. from his mother say he has a sister, Annie May. Walter’s mother Annie Missingham married James Souter 12 November 1913.

On his enlistment in Townsville his age was 18 years 1 month, occupation a Labourer, next of kin his mother Mrs Annie Soutar, Kenny Street, Cairns, North Queensland. His height was 5 feet 8 inches, weighed 8 stone 10 pounds with fair complexion, grey eyes and auburn hair. His religion was Presbyterian. He had spent 2 years in Senior Cadets T.A.I.B. (Unable to confirm what T.A.I.B stands for)

Walter James was wounded in action on the 28 November 1916 and invalided to England with multiple gunshot wounds. He returned to the field 21 June 1917 and was killed in action in Belgium 12 August 1917. Walter is buried in the Derry House Cemetery No.2, Belgium.


HMAT Star of Victoria A16 – photo courtesy Australian War Memorial


NAA: B2455  letter from Walters’ mother re next of kin


Cairns Post – 12 August 1918 p4


Cairns Post – 12 August 1920 p4


Online Resources

Photograph of the: HMAT Star of Victoria A16,  Australian War Memorial

NAA: B2455, Missingham, Walter James AKA Souter, Walter James , National Archives of Australia

Australian War Memorial

Walter James Soutar: photo RSL Virtual War Memorial

Trove Digitised Newspapers, National Library of Australia

Cairns Post – 12 August 1918 p4 – In Memoriam

Cairns Post – 12 August 1920 p4 – In Memoriam


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