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Walter (left) on a camel in Egypt. This photo was sent as a postcard to his brother, William.  Reproduced with permission RJ Jarrad.

Walter (left) on a camel in Egypt. This photo was sent as a postcard to his brother, William. Reproduced with permission RJ Jarrad.

Walter Leonard East was born in Adelaide in 28 September 1894.  He was a gardener. Enlisted : Number 474.  Enlisted at Morphettville, 24 August 1914, having been in the ‘Citizen Forces’ for two years.  10th Battalion. Action : Sailed from Adelaide on the Ascanius 20 October 1914.  Awarded 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.   See AIF projectAustralian War Memorial and National Archives for further information. Died : Killed in action 15 May 1915 at Gallipoli Buried : Buried towards the head of the gully near Anzac Cove.  Re-interred at Lone Pine Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey  – plot 2, row A, grave no. 17


Family : His mother, Charlotte Rann, married Henry East in Woodside on 26 September, 1895.

  1. Walter Leonard (Rann) (born SA, 28 September 1894, died Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey,15 May 1915)
  2. William Henry (born Forest Range, SA, 7 September 1896, died Pozières, France, 4 September, 1916,)
  3. Edith Adelaide (born Forest Range, SA, 1898, married name Harding)
  4. Elizabeth Ann Charlotte (born Forest Range, SA, 1898, died 1967, married name Coulter)
  5. Thomas Edward (born Forest Range, SA, 1902)
  6. Florence Amy Eveline (born Lobethal, SA, 1905, married name Norton)
  7. Elsie May (born SA,1907, died 27 September 1995, married name Eastham)
  8. David (born SA,1909)
  9. John Richard (born SA,1912, died Woodside, SA)
  10. Frank (born SA, 1916, died SA, abt 2004)
  11. George (born SA, 1918)

Walter’s brother William Henry East was also killed in action.


Walter East.  Reproduced with permission Colleen Green

Walter East. Reproduced with permission Colleen Green

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2 thoughts on “East, Walter Leonard

  1. I would like to thank all involved in providing these great photos , Walter is my great x 2 uncle through his brother Frank. It means so much to have access to these.

    • Thanks Leah,

      Its great to hear from people who are getting benefit from our project. Thanks.

      After Anzac Day I will also be able to upload a soft copy of our book. In that you will see a chapter on Walter and William East. We include some letters from their mother, some cards they sent back from the war and, in the case of Walter, two photos of his first grave at the time of his burial. This is very moving.

      It make take me a day or so to upload photos and the book file after Anzac Day, so give us a little gap.

      best wishes.

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