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Corporal Walter Puzey. Australian RFA


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The Bolton newspapers of WW1 pictured a number of men from Bolton who had emigrated and were serving in the Australian and Canadian Forces, usually as casualties. This is a different case. The Bolton Journal and Guardian dated 05/05/1916 pictured the wedding of Miss Florence Lamb of Horwich (near Bolton) to Cpl W L G Puzey of the " West Australian RFA". Cpl Puzey had been a patient at Green Bank hospital and was nursed by Florence. They were married at Horwich on 29/04/1916. There was no story to accompany the picture. Marriage records show his name as Walter L J Puzey. I will gladly E mail the pic to anyone who may be related. I also intend to post the details of other Australians, New Zealanders and Canadians who are mentioned in the Bolton papers, starting in August.


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His service records are on the Australian National Archives.


Wounded at Gallipoli, Returned to Australia in 1916.

Cheers Andy.

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Hi Brian

Thanks for the info on Walter Puzey. I've added him to my database of our service personnel who married O/S during the war years.

For your interest, the following is the info I've so far gathered on Walter & his family:

Cheers, Frev

(Edit: PS - sorry about the weird fluctuation in text size!!)

PUZEY, Walter Louis Jordan – Cpl 1864, 8th Btry, 3rd FAB, AIF

Born 29/7/1892 West Ham, Essex – son of Walter PUZEY (Clerk, Brewer, Soldier, Poultry Farmer) & Amelia Francoise JORDAN – who married in the Parish Church, Hackney 9/11/1890

Walter (Snr) also enlisted in WW1 in 1916 (with his son Vernon), Pte 5651, 28th Bn – he died 20/10/1946 at Royal Perth Hospital, age 75

Service Record: http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/scripts/Imagine.asp?B=8022789

Amelia died 1962 Perth, WA, age 93

Siblings (2):

1. Vernon Edwin b.1894 West Ham (Clerk / Poultryman & orchardist) – WW1: L/Sgt 5650, 28th Bn – marr Lilian ATKINSON 1930 Perth – d.1967 Perth, WA, age 72

Service Record: http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/scripts/Imagine.asp?B=8022787

2. Grace Margaret b.1898 West Ham – marr George Frdk DEVENISH 1925 Perth (WW1: L/Cpl 900, 44th Bn) – d.23/3/1926 Perth, WA, age 27

Religion: Church of England

1901 England Census: 138 Longcroft, Horsell, Surrey


Walter, head, age 29, Clerk Nursery, b. Stratford, Essex

Amelia F, wife, age 30, b. Plaistow, Essex

Walter L J, son, age 8, b. West Ham, Essex

Vernon E, son, age 6, b. West Ham

Grace M, daur, age 2, b. West Ham

Jean Barthelemy, Boarder, age 24, Nurseryman (French subject)

1911 England Census: Military, Sth Africa

Walter Puzey, age next bday 20, b. West Ham, Essex – Gnr, 98th Battery, RFA

[He notes on WW1 Attestation that he purchased his discharge from the RFA]

Occupations: Soldier / Clerk / Salesman / Motor Driver (Ambulance driver 1924)


Service Record: http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/scripts/Imagine.asp?B=8022788

Enlisted in WA 17/8/1914 (giving his age as 25 – he had just turned 22)

Description: height 5ft 11in; 140lbs; dark complexion, brown eyes & black hair

Embarked at Fremantle 31/10/1914 on the HMAT A7 Medic with the 3rd FAB

Joined MEF Gallipoli 4/4/1915

Received shrapnel wound to middle right thigh 8/5/1915 Gallipoli & transferred to Alexandria on the Lutzow 11/5/1915

Transferred to England 25/6/1915 and admitted Manchester Hospital

Apparently transferred to the Green Bank Hospital at some stage

[Wedding photo in the Bolton Journal & Guardian 5/5/1916 – says he was nursed by Florence in the Green Bank Hospital – info courtesy of Brian Morris (GWF)]

1915 Battlefield story from Cpl Puzey: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/135784365

Married Florence LAMB 29/4/1916 Horwich, England

Embarked at Plymouth on the Euripides 24/6/1916 for RTA & discharge – arriving Fremantle 31/7/1916, and discharged MU 10/10/1916

Returned to UK at some stage

UK Outward Passenger List:

1922: Walter L.J. Puzey (30yr old Salesman) & wife Florence (age 44) left their residence 6 Bank Meadow, Horwich Lanes, England 28/4/1922 & travelled to Australia on the Runic with the intent of taking up residence there

1925 ER: Walter (Motor Driver) & Florence – 186 Lord St, East Perth, WA

Florence b.1877 Bolton, Lancashire –returned to England in Mar 1929 (on the Esperance Bay), where she died 1958 Horwich, Lancashire, England, age 81

Applied for Repat in 1931

Served WW2: 1939 / 1940 - Pte, 10 Garrison Bn [still listing Florence as NOK]

Died 5/11/1954 at Hollywood Hospital, Perth, WA, age 62

Privately interred at the Karrakatta Cemetery, WA

The West Australian, Wed 10 Nov 1954 (p.28):


PUZEY (Walter): On Nov 5, at Hollywood Hospital, son of the late Mr and Mrs Walter Puzey, [sic] of Mahogany Creek, and loving brother of Vernon Edwin, Grace (deceased). Privately interred, Karrakatta Cemetery, Tuesday, Nov 9, 1954. William Snell and Son.

PUZEY (W): Loving tribute to the memory of Mr Puzey, “a brother beloved in the Lord.”

He giveth His beloved sleep.

From officers, members Shepperton-road Church of Christ.


Walter Snrs address 1914: Swan Brewery, Perth, WA / 1925, 1943 ER: Zamia, WA (Poultry Farmer)

A Walter Puzey travelled from England to WA on the Orsova in June 1910

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