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Soldier profiles

Name : PEELER (V.C., B.E.M.), WALTER
Service Number : VX8345
Date of Birth : 09/08/1887
Place of Birth : CASTLEMAINE, VIC
Known as : WALLY
Occupation on Enlistment : CUSTODIAN OF THE MELBOURNE SHRINE OF REMEMBRANCE
Date of Enlistment : 27/05/1940
Locality on Enlistment : CAULFIELD, VIC
Place of Enlistment : CAULFIELD, VIC
Next of Kin : PEELER, KATHLEEN
Rank (at time of discharge / death) : WARRANT OFFICER CLASS 2
Service : ARMY
Final Posting : 2/2 PIONEER BATTALION
Position / Platoon / Company (as 2/2 Pioneer) (date / details) : A COMPANY KITCHEN (SYRIA)
Unit Transfers / Promotions (date / details) :
Theatres of War : SYRIA, JAVA
Actions : FORT MERDJAYOUN (SYRIA), BALATE RIDGE (SYRIA)
Wounded (date / details) :
Discharged : 12/12/1945
Date Died : 23/05/1968
Age at Death : 80
Community Roll of Honour : N/A
Buried Location / Memorial (P.O.W., D.O.W., K.I.A.) : BRIGHTON GENERAL CEMETERY, MELBOURNE, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA
K.I.A. (date / details) : N/A
D.O.W. (date / details) : N/A
M.I.A. (date / details) : N/A
P.O.W. (location/s) : JAVA
Died P.O.W. (date / details) : NO
P.O.W. Camps (details) : JAVA
Recovered P.O.W. (location/s) : THAILAND
Honours and Gallantry : WW1 : Victoria Cross (3rd Pioneer Battalion). London Gazette 26/11/1917, page 12329, position 1. Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 07/03/1918, page 401, position 3. British Empire Medal.
Applicable Australian War Memorial circulars : Australian War Memorial B-JAVA-0069 Missing & POW Circular
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 6221610 [DIGITISED], Barcode 8015012 [DIGITISED]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Australian War Memorial,   AWM_117940.jpg,   AWM_117835.jpg,   AWM_117836.jpg,   AWM_117837.jpg,   Headstone

Background : As part of 'A' Force he was sent with other prisoners to work in Burma. Recovered from Siam in August 1945, he was returned to Melbourne on 21 October. Repatriated to Australia on the M.V. Highland Brigade. Awards included Victoria Cross, British Empire Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal, 1939/1945 Star, Africa Star (awarded posthumously when Syria was recognised for this award), Pacific Star, Defence Medal, War Medal, Australian Service Medal, George VI Coronation Medal and Elizabeth II Coronation Medal. Appointed Custodian of Shrine of Remembrance 1934 until retired in 1964. Wally died in South Caulfield, Victoria.