• Walter Edward Smale

Army / Flying Corps
  • 2nd Australian Light Horse Regiment

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  • Birth

    Freestone, Queensland, Australia

  • Enlistment - WW1

    Warwick, Queensland, Australia

Stories and comments
    • Aboriginal Soldier from Freestone
    • Posted by Dirranbandi, Tuesday, 14 March 2017

    Walter Edward Smale was born in Freestone, via Warwick and is the son of Alfred Smale and Emily Thorne (an Aboriginal woman from Ipswich). Walter enlisted in December 1914 and was assigned to the 2nd Light Horse and served at Gallipoli. Due to a strong and accurate arm, Walter was chosen as a 'bomb-thrower' - their job was to be at the forefront of charges and hurl bombs into the Turkish trenches. During one such charge at Quinn's Post on 8 August 1915, Walter was killed in action. Walter's war service along with other men from Freestone is commemorated on a Memorial Roll which now stands in the Warwick RSL Sub-Branch.

    Freestone Memorial Roll 1919.