BiographyWalter Dumbrell was born in Galston, NSW and had previously served in the Boer War, making his own way to Cape Town at the age of 17 when his parents refused their consent for him to enlist. Upon arrival in South Africa he told officials he was 21 and enlisted as a private with the 5th Queensland Imperial Bushmen's Contingent. Returning to Australia, he became a constable with the NSW Police Force. Dumbrell enlisted with the AIF on 18 September 1915, embarking with the 41st Battalion from Sydney aboard HMAT Demosthenes on 18 May 1916. Sgt Dumbrell was killed by enemy shellfire while in a trench north of the Corbie Road, France on 19 April 1918, aged 33.Age33Date of Death19-04-18Civil employmentPolicemanRelationshipsSon of David and Jane Dumbrell; husband of Grace Lily Bukowski (formerly Dumbrell), of Dobbs St., Mount Morgan, Queensland. NSW. Father of Walter David Dumbrell.
Studio portrait of 348 Sergeant (Sgt) Walter William Dumbrell, 41st Battalion