Walter Cyril Tomlinson

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Walter Cyril Tomlinson
Personal Information
Date of Birth 30 Oct 1904
Place of Birth Harworth, Nottinghamshire, England
Death 11 May 1973, aged 72
Place of Death Inglewood
Age at Enlistment 35 years old
Occupation Butcher
Religion Church of England
Address Armadale. Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs Nellie Tomlinson
Military Information
Reg Number WX1350
Date of Enlistment 7 Nov 1939
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 6th Division Australian Infantry Division AASC Company
Military Movement
1st Departure from Australia
Journey Dates 11 Jan 1940 ‒ 14 Feb 1940
Transport Details HMT Empress of Japan Melbourne to Kantara, Egypt
Journey Dates 1 Apr 1941
Transport Details unknown Egypt to Greece
Journey Dates ‒ May 1941
Transport Details unknown Greece to Egypt
Return to Australia
Journey Dates 24 Nov 1941 ‒ 10 Dec 1941
Transport Details unknown Egypt to Fremantle
Post War Details
Fate Returned to Australia (Medical)
Medals 1939-45 Star
Africa Star
Defence Medal
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45
Greek Commemorative War Medal 1940-41

Pre War

During 1924 Walter married Nellie Hawkins in Perth.

Electoral Roll entry:1925 at 3 Waugh street, Balkatta, butcher.

War Service

Enlisted in Subiaco and posted to the AASC Training Centre in Broadmeadows after 3 weeks at Northam camp. On 11 Jan 1940 he boarded HMT Empress of Japan in Port Melbourne, as part of Convoy US 1. On 14 Feb 1941 he disembarked in Kantara, Egypt. On 9 Apr 1940 he was graded as a Cook grade II at Qastina in Palestine. Ill, he was admitted to the CRS at Sarbara on 25 Jul 1940 with sand fly fever, before being transferred to the 2/1st Australian General Hospital at Gaza Ridge, Palestine. On 31 Jul 1940 he rejoined his unit at Sarbara.

Walter and his unit embarked for Greece on 1 Apr 1941 from Alexandria (?), and returned to Egypt in May 1941 following the surrender of Greece to German forces.

On 5 Jul 1941 he was admitted to the 2/7th Australian General Hospital complaining of pain in the Lumbar region of his back. Walter was discharged to the Depot Battalion on 21 Jul 1941 after treatment for Fibrositis, being classified as temporarily unfit for service for a period greater than six months. On 24 Nov 1941 he embarked for return to Australia, arriving in Fremantle on 10 Dec 1941 aboard the L L (ship's name not yet discovered).

Granted disembarkation leave from 10 - 20 Dec 1941, he entered the 110th Australian Base Hospital at Hollywood the day his leave ended. After treatment he was released to L.M.C. Home on 3 Jan 1942, he remained in their care until 13 Mar 1942 when he returned to the Returnees Depot section of Western Command Recruit Reception & General Details Depot. Granted sick leave from 13 March, he faced a Medical Board on 20 Mar 1942 which found him unfit and overage, with discharge to take effect on 20 Apr 1942. He was granted leave until his discharge took effect.

Post War

Walter re-married, to Violet Peggy Turner on 9 Jan 1952.

Electoral Roll entries: 1943 at Albany road, Armadale, contractor; 1949 at 286 Murray street, Perth, Master Butcher; 1958 - 1963 at 37 Central avenue Claremont, butcher.

A Statutory Declaration has him in 1963 at Wongan Hills, and a letter has him in 1965 at 16 Davey street, Mandurah.


It is probable that Walter's birth date was 30 Oct 1901 rather than 1904, given the details of his death, his being on the 1925 Electoral Roll and his overage discharge.

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