Name: Robert Walker

Birth Date: 18th April, 1894 Where: Perth, Western Australia
Died: 1945 Where: Perth, Western Australia
Place of Enlistment: Perth, Western Australia Age: 23
Serial Number: 715 Battalion: 28th
Rank on Enlistment: Private Rank on Discharge/Death: Private

Awards: 1914 - 15 Star, British War Medal 1914 - 1920, Victory Medal, Military Medal


Photograph Walker

Service Details:



10 March

1915                      Blackboy Hill Training camp

9 June

1915                      Embarked from Fremantle


1915                      Embarked Egypt

10 Sept. – 12 Dec.

1915                      Gallipoli

21 March

1916                      France

6/7 June

1916                      Trench Raid

29 July – 27 Aug.

1916                      Pozieres (Sausage Valley)

4 August

1916                      Wounded, Pozieres

30 September

1916                      Rejoined Battalion, Belgium

2 October

1916                      Sick

10 December

1916                      Rejoined Battalion


1917                      Warlencourt


1917                      Attack on Malt Trench


1917                      Battle of Bullecourt (Hindenburg Line)


1917                      Bapaume

2 July

1917                      Awarded Military Medal


1917                      Cassel

18 September

1917                      Ypres


1917                      Broodseine & Passchendale

26 October

1917                      Battle of Passchendale (Ypres)


1917                      Red Lodge

7 April

1918                      Dernacourt

20 April

1918                      Ville Sur-Ancre


1918                      Morlancourt

27 June

1918                      Villers-Bretonneux

8 August

1918                      Battle of Amiens

29 August

1918                      Somme

2 Sept

1918                      Wounded, Mont St. Quentin

11 November

1918                      Armistice

7 April

1919                      Returned to Australia

10 June

1919                      Discharged





Biographical Details:

Percy Robert Edward Walker was born in Perth Western Australia to Frederick Walker and Jane Fagg in 1894.
His vocation was recorded as “Metal Ceilings”.  Presumably this referred to the patterned, pressed metal sheet which was a popular alternative to plaster ceilings and walls.
Percy enlisted soon after the call for another Battalion (the 28th) to be raised in Western Australia.  He was given some training at Blackboy Hill and was with the originals who sailed for Egypt in June 1915.  After further training the 28th in Egypt he saw action at Gallipoli.
On the June 6/7th Trench Raid, Percy was one of the three Raiders who comprised the Right Parapet Party . He was among those Raiders who were able to take special leave in England. 
Like so many others, Percy was wounded at Pozieres less than two months after the Trench Raid. He rejoined his unit in October.
Percy’s career was not faultless. On several occasions he was charged with being AWL. This resulted in some Field Punishment and Forfeiture of pay.
In July 1917 Percy Walker was awarded the Military Medal:
'For gallantry and devotion to duty during the bombing attacks in O.G. 1. East of BULLECOURT on the 3rd May 1917. He worked without ceasing carrying bombs forward and also acted as thrower. On one occasion he held up a very strong face of the enemy for some minutes thereby enabling those behind to get clear and reorganise and obtain more bombs. His action saved the whole party.'
Percy was wounded again in 1918 but survived to return to Australia in April 1919.
In 1914 Percy married Nena Glanfield. It is not known if they had children.
Percy Walker died in 1956, aged 62.

Percy was one of Arnold Brown’s platoon of Bombers

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917