Arthur fought in France but his service record provides considerably more detail about periods of hospitalisation for Bronchitis, Trench Foot and VD than the fighting he was involved in. Arthur was killed in action on 2 September 1918.
This photo of Arthur is sourced from http://www.ww1sa.gravesecrets.net/wa---wal.html
This missing person report from the Red Cross provides a first hand account of Arthur’s death.
Arthur was buried where he was killed but later exhumed and reburied in the Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension.
From Charles’ obituary, I had two leads on Arthur’s siblings. A Mr C. N Walter of Colac and Mrs E Victor of Perth. Using the electoral rolls I found Charles Montague Walters in Colac and by searching back through some birth records I established that this was the son of Charles and Annie. The obituary had the initials wrong and the surname misspelt.
Charles Montague Walters was married to Olive Mayira Osbourne and they had two daughters. Charles was an hotelier and held the license for several hotels in Victoria. In 1938 Charles moved to Sydney but left his family in Melbourne. 4 months after arriving in Sydney, Charles drowned while swimming at Bondi Beach.
This is the newspaper report:
Two men who pulled Charles from the ocean were later awarded lifesaving medals:
Post update 29 May 2013
The other day I visited the AWM and took a photo of Arthur's name on the Roll of Honour.