Name: Claude Richard Walsh


Birth Date: 23 February, 1895 Where: South Australia
Died: 10 August, 1957 Where: Perth
Place of Enlistment: Blackboy Hill, WA Age: 20
Serial Number: 1110 Battalion: 28th
Rank on Enlistment: Private Rank on Discharge/Death: Lieutenant

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


Photograph Walsh

Service Details:




10 May

1915                    Blackboy Hill Training Camp

9 June

1915                    Embarked from Australia


1915                    Embarked Egypt

10 Sept. – 12 Dec.

1915                    Gallipoli

21 March

1916                    France

6/7 June

1916                    Trench Raid

29 June

1916                    Pozieres

2 August

1916                    Wounded

28 November

1916                    No. 5 Cadet Training School, Cambridge

5 August

1917                    Appointed 2nd Lieutenant

23 August

1917                    Rejoined Battalion

18 September

1917                    Ypres


1917                    Broodseinde, Passchendale

25 October

1917                    Battle of Passchendale


1917                    Red Lodge

2 February

1918                    Appointed Lieutenant

7 April

1918                    Dernacourt

20 April

1918                    Ville Sur-Ancre


1918                    Morlancourt

27 June

1918                    Villers-Bretonneux

14 July

1918                    Appointed Transport Officer

8 August

1918                    Battle of Amiens

29 August

1918                    Somme

2 September

1918                    Mont St. Quentin

11 November

1918                    Armistice

2 June

1919                    Arrived Fremantle

30 July

1919                  Discharged







Biographical Details:

Claude Richard Walsh:
Claude was was born at Chain of Ponds, South Australia in 1895. He was the eldest boy in a family of 6 girls and 5 boys.  His family moved to Perth at the end of the 19th century.  Claude was schooled at Perth Boys and then apprenticed under Tommy Smith, a local wheelwright and Coachsmith.
He attempted to enlist in the 11tn battalion of the AIF in 1914 but his father refused to give permission. He tried again, successfully, with WA’s 28th battalion, in 1915 after giving his age as 22.
By the end of the war Claude had saved enough money to purchase WA’s first Thorneycroft truck.  He joined his Uncle, Donny Curtis, in a Marine dealership in Pier St, Perth. He worked for his uncle in various capacities until his uncle died in 1940.  His uncle had given him a property near the Perth Airport but this was resumed for military purposes during the war.
In 1927 he married Edna Kemp with whom he had 10 children (3 girls and 7 boys).
In 1941, this time lowering his age, he again enlisted in the AIF. He served with the 2nd 32 battalion in North Africa. While in Queensland undergoing training for jungle warfare he suffered a heart attack and was subsequently discharged in May 1944.
After the war Claude worked as a brewery labourer at the Red Castle, Swan and Emu breweries. He retired in 1955 and died in August 1957.