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Keating Walter Joseph


The son of Nora Kate Keating, a hairdresser he embarked Brisbane 23rd May 1915 on board “HMAT Ascanius” with the 7th Field Ambulance.

 He was killed in action 5th August 1916 and is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France.

Amongst the many athletes who have given their lives for King and Country is Private Walter (Wally) Keating who was killed in action in France on August 5.  The young soldier – he was 22 years of age – will be best remembered in Launceston as the clever rover and forward for the City Football Club.  He several times played for Northern Tasmania against the South and in one of the matches gained a medal for his brilliant performance.  He was a member of St Joseph’s band at the time of enlistment and prior to coming to Launceston played with the St Augustine Boys Band Geelong.  Of a cheerful disposition the late Pte Keating popular and the sympathy of his many Launceston friends goes out to his relatives who live in Essendon, Victoria.

The Weekly Courier 21st September 1916










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