Walter PUNCHARD

Year of Birth:  1892

Place of Birth:  Brisbane, Queensland

Date of Enlistment:  9 February 1915

Date and Place of Embarkation:  29 June 1915, Brisbane, Queensland

Ship:  HMAT Aeneas

Rank:  Private

Unit(s):  25th Australian Infantry Battalion (1st Reinforcement), 2nd Machine Gun Corp

Regimental Number:  1564

Died:  4 October 1918

 

 

Walter Punchard. Photograph courtesy of Mr W Punchard, Cairns, Qld.

 

Walter was born 21 March 1892 in Brisbane, Queensland the son of Edmund Punchard and Susannah Boyd Taylor. Walter had a number of siblings inlcuding Ivy Clementina (1890-1975), Edith Isabelle (1893-1961), Arthur Lamington (1895-1975), Herbert (1898-1898), Alice Mary Punchard (1898-), Wilfred Ernest (1901-1948). Edmund Punchard was Welsh having been born in Abergwili Carmarthenshire, Wales in 1864. Edmund Punchard married Susannah Boyd Taylor 29 August 1889 in Queensland. Susannah was from New South Wales.

Walter was aged 22 years and 10 months when he enlisted at Cairns. He was a cabinet maker and had served an apprenticeship. Walter was 5 feet 4 inches tall, he had a fair complexion, brown eyes, dark brown hair and belonged to the Church of England.  He gave his next of kin as Edmund John Punchard of Sheridan Street, Cairns and later of McLeod Street, Cairns. Walter was a member of the Cairns Aquatic Club.

Walter served on the Gallipoli Peninsula and in France.  He suffered injuries in France including Shell Shock and Gas Poisoning. After spending nearly 12 months in England recovering from his injuries and working at military depots, he again returned to France 12 September 1918. Walter was reported killed in action 4 October 1918. At the time of Walter’s death he was serving in the 2nd Machine Gun Battery. Walter Punchard’s name is inscribed on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, the Somme, France.

 

Cairns Aquatic Club Members on Active Service. L-R: R Robinson, W Magu, A Moody, A Ferguson (front), Walter Punchard, J Birch. Northern Herald 25 June 1915, p 26

 

25th Battalion Expeditionary Force Football Team. Wally Punchard is located front row seated, 2nd from right. Photograph courtesy of the Australian War Memorial

 

An account of Walter Punchard death.

 

Walter Punchard’s next of kin

 

Cairns Post 21 October 1918

 

Letter from Gallipoli – Cairns Post 21 January 1916

 

Walter Punchard. Photo courtesy of Mr W. Punchard, Cairns Qld

 

Walter Punchard. Photo courtesy of Mr W. Punchard, Cairns Qld.

 

 

Online Resources

NAA B245: Walter Punchard. National Archives of Australia

Discovering Anzacs: photo of Walter Punchard

The above link is to a photo attributed to Walter Punchard, however it is unlikely this is Walter. Marjorie Earl has a copy of the original photograph (postcard) and on the back, the written message, is to Wally written by someone named Bill. The photo is more likely to be of Bill.

Soldiers’ Postbag – Walter Punchard. Cairns Post 21 January 1916. Trove

Private Punchard Killed in Action. Cairns Post 24 October 1918. Trove

 

Other Resources

Walter Punchard photographs courtesy of Mr. W. Punchard, Cairns Qld.

 

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