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
Unit(s): 25th Australian Infantry Battalion (1st Reinforcement), 2nd Machine Gun Corp
Regimental Number: 1564
Died: 4 October 1918
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.
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.
Walter Punchard photographs courtesy of Mr. W. Punchard, Cairns Qld.
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