It is quite possible that with three small children, Walter Welsh waited to see how things went with the war before enlisting. In May 1918 he was a 30 year old married baker living at Caveside. He was allotted to the group of reinforcements that departed from Sydney in June 1918. In April 1919 he was taken on strength with the 17th Field Artillery Brigade prior to returning to England for embarkation to Australia. In 1942 he was living at Whitemark, Flinders Island when he enlisted, but there are no further details.