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Walla Walla and WW1

Walla Walla Enlistees Killed in Action

During World War I

This page was inspired and initially researched by Mr Steve Doran who was guest speaker at Walla's Anzac Day Commemoration, 2007.  Following are what we know about those men who fought for the peace we now enjoy. If anybody has any further information, or corrections, please let us know click here to email.
Private Leslie Valentine Mogg
Service No.363 18th Battalion
Died of wounds sustained at Lone Pine, Turkey, on 4th September 1915 and buried at sea.
Pte Mogg was a "labourer" - further details not known
Lance Corporal Gerritt Zevenboom
Service No.347 18th Battalion
Died at Base Hospital in St Kilda on 26th December 1915 and buried at Brighton, Australia. He had been repatriated back to Australia after being wounded in action at Gallipoli.
Corp. Zevenboom gave his ocupation as a grocer whilst his mother called him a salesman. (perhaps at Grosse's/Mackies store?)
Private Charles Loftus
Service No.5618 18th Battalion. Killed in Action.
Died on 8th October 1917 and has no known grave (name on Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium).
Pte Loftus was apprenticed as a blacksmith to E D Heppner, Walla Walla, for five years.
Private Alfred Edward Reynolds
Service No.6099 21st Battalion. Died of Wounds.
Died on 9th October 1917 and buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium.
Pte Reynolds was schooled at Walla Walla Public School although his address on enlistment was Morven,
he gave his occupation as Dairy Farmer
Private Thomas McRae
Service No.519 36th Battalion
Died of wounds on 4th April 1917 and buried at Trois Arbres (Three Trees Cemetery).
Pte McRae worked as a gardener for Mr Thornton, "Brae Springs"
Private Arthur Frederick Schmidt
Service No.313 18th Battalion. Served at Gallipoli then France
Born 3rd February, 1896. Died of wounds on 7th April 1918 (aged 22)  and buried at Sailly-Laurette, France. (Beacon Cemetery). Was son of Carl and Adeline Schmidt. Arthur was raised by his grandmother Hulda Augusta Hoffmann. He attended Walla Walla Public School. According to the Hoffmann family history ("Hoffmann, 150 years of Descendants, their Journeys and Endeavours"  p208) Pte Schmidt died at Villiers-Brettonieux while posting a letter home.
Private Leslie Matthew Kirwan
Service No.5722 1st Battalion
Killed in Action. Died on 17th April 1918 and buried at Villiers-Brettonieux Cemetery, France.
Pte Kirwan gave his occupation as labourer. His father and brother Martin (who appears to have also enlisted and survived the war) both had Henty addresses. Pte Kirwin's brother, M.Kirwan, is also named
as having served and returned home after the war.
Private Albert Bridges
Service No.3042 Not sure of Battalion - could be 20th , 60th or both
Killed in Action. Died on 26th April 1918 and buried at Villiers-Brettonieux Cemetery, France.
Pte Bridges' enlistment reads he was a farmhand for "W. Odewhan of Allendale, Walla Walla"
(This should probably read "W. Odewahn of " Hill and Dale", Walla Walla")
Henry Lund Eaton
An Australian Munitions worker. Died aged 42 on March
26th, 1918. Buried in Wiltshire.
Private Luke Matthew Marzol (spelt Marzel on Honour Board)
Service No. 5626 18th Battalion
Died on 3rd May 1917 and buried Villers Bretonneux-France
Place Of Enlistment at Cootamundra, NSW
Pte Marzol listed his postal address as Walla Walla at time of enlistment.

He gave his occupation as railway fettler.

Of 324,000 Australian soldiers that served overseas in WWI:
61,700 died
151,000 wounded
By the 1930’s a further 60,000 had died.
At that time Australia had a population of about 5 million.

Lest We Forget.