Walsh, Lieutenant Patrick George

No 8 Training Sqn AFC

Patrick Walsh came from Cunnamulla, in Queensland, and was a 19 year old Bank Teller, and acting Lieutenant in the AMF, when he joined the 9th Infantry Battalion in Toowoomba on 5 October 1915. On 31 March 1916 he left from Sydney on HMAT A16 Star of Victoria. After service on the Western Front, he was commissioned in the infantry in January 1917, and posted to the 25th Cadet Battalion the next month, before promotion to Lieutenant in June and a return to the 9th Battalion. In December, after a period of sick leave, he transferred to the AFC for pilot training, after which he was posted to No 8 Training Sqn.

He was killed in an aircraft accident at Leighterton on 30 September 1918 while flying Sopwith Camel F1948 after the aeroplane spun and dived into the ground when Lt Walsh was practising firing at a ground target. A Court of Enquiry found that the Camel had commenced a spin at a height that was too low to allow recovery.

Lt P G Walsh is buried at Leighterton Church Cemetery Gloucestershire, England.

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