Walter Leonard O'Connor (1896-1992) (What were his experiences in…
Walter Leonard O'Connor (1896-1992)
When and where was he born?
He was born on 20th January 1896 in Meningie, South Australia
Where did he fight?
Battle of Messines, West Flanders, Belgium (1917)
Battle of Amiens, Picardy, France (1918)
What were his experiences in World War I?
On 28th June 1918
he was transferred to the 42nd Infantry Battalion.
On 1st May 1918
he was promoted to Second Lieutenant in the 3rd Pioneer Battalion.
On 12th August 1918
he suffered a gun shot wound in his left foot while fighting with the 42nd Infantry Battalion on the Western Front
On 16th July 1917
he was promoted to Seargant in the 3rd Pioneer Battalion
On 20th November 1918
he was promoted to Lieutenant in the 44th Infantry Battalion
On 21st September 1919
he was discharged as Lieutenant in the 44th Infantry Battalion
On 5th January 1916
he was enlisted (aged 21) in Adelaide, South Australia
How did he die?
He died of natural causes on 21st November in Wallaroo, South Australia, aged 96 years
His grave is in the Wallaroo Cemetery
What honors or awards did he receive?
On 22nd December 1917
he received the Military Medal at the Battle of the Messines
On 4th March 1919
he received the Military Cross
What was life like before enlistment?
Walter's father was Maurice O'Connor
Walter's mother was Sarah Jane O'Connor
He grew up in Murray Bridge, South Australia
He worked as a locomotive engine cleaner before his enlistment