GIDDINS, Walter Henry *also Giddings

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Enlistment Address

Collie, NSW

Service Number

1638

Unit

45th Battalion,

Comment

Tooraweenah Kookaburra

Fate

Died POW 17.8.1917

Information

Private Walter Giddins  passed the medical examination at Mendooran and it described him as 6’ 1” tall, 163 lbs, chest expansion 36-38”, fair complexion, blue eyes, brown hair, and no distinctive marks. His father lived at Warren, NSW and was his next of kin.

After training at Bathurst, Walter embarked at Sydney on April 14, 1916 on the HMAT Ceramic, bound for Egypt. The 45th Battalion trained until June, when they left for England arriving in Plymouth on June 16, 1916.Walter joined the 13th Battalion in France on March 12, 1917 and a few short weeks later was missing in action from April 11, 1917.

The 13th Battalion was part of a disastrous attack on the Hindenburg Line that day. Walter was one of 367 men missing that day. Casualties were; 25 men killed, 118 men wounded and 367 men missing, a total of 510 casualties from the 13th Battalion.

In August 1917, the Germans notified the London authorities that Walter Giddins had died of pneumonia and nephritis, whilst being detained at Limburg, Belgium. He was buried at Tournai Communal Cemetery Belgium. A statement from a repatriated Prisoner of War stated that he had seen Walter Giddins suffering from starvation and heavy work.

Walter’s father received photos of the grave, the Memorial Plaque, Memorial Scroll, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Walter is commemorated on the Collie War Memorial and the Australian War Memorial Panel number 69.

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