067 – Sergeant Walter Henry Pridmore

Sergeant Walter Henry Pridmore 3rd Field Artillery Brigade

Clearly this image of  Walter Pridmore was not take at Claremont Army Camp. It is doubtful that he was ever there enlisting in August 1914 and embarking with the 9th Battery on the Geelong in October 1914. It is likely that another image was taken of him at the Pyramids and sent home. Someone in the family then took it to Joe Barnett to be copied.

Walter was a 26 year old married picture frame maker when he enlisted. He had previous experience with the 41st Battery, Australian Field Artillery and on enlistment was appointed sergeant. In late October while serving on Gallipoli he became ill and was evacuated to Malta for treatment for his enteric fever. On 7 January 1916 he returned to Egypt and from there was transported home for a ‘change’. He was discharged on 8 July 1916. Post war he ran the Park Hotel, now the Black Buffalo. ‘Wally’ died there on 28 November 1948 (59).