Patrick George WALSH

Patrick George Walsh Photo:
Australian War Memorial
Birthplace
Toowoomba
Resided
Toowoomba
Occupation
Bank Teller
Enlisted
05-October-1915
Place
Toowoomba
Age
19
Status
Single
Service No
5213
Rank
Private
Unit
9th Battalion, 16th Reinforcements
Embarked
31-March-1916
Place
Sydney
Active Service
Western Front
Highest rank
Lieutenant, Flying Officer (Australian Flying Corps)
Honours and Awards
No
Fate
How Died
Killed in flying accident
Date
30-September-1918
Place
Leighterton, Gloucestershire, England
Cemetery or Memorial
Leighterton Church Cemetery, Gloucestershire, England
Notes

Name on ROH: R.G. WALSH

Also named on Toowoomba Mothers’ Memorial, Toowoomba Grammar School Roll of Honour and the Leigherton Memorial to the Australian Flying Corps.

 

Patrick Walsh arrived in France in July 1916. In October he was sent to the Officers’ Cadet Battalion at Oxford. He qualified for a commission as 2nd Lieutenant in February 1917 and returned to France. In December he was seconded to the Australian Flying Corps and sent to the School of Aeronautics at Reading to become a pilot. Having accumulated 118 flying hours experience, on 30 September 1918 he was practising diving at a target at Leighterton when his Sopworth Camel crashed, killing him instantly. He was 22.