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Town Hall, 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne
Town Hall, 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne

Gotz, Walter (45)

Place of Birth: Port Melbourne, VIC

Age: 23 years 1 month

Enlistment Details: Monday, 17 August 1914 – Albert Park, VIC

Service Number: 45            view online service record

65 Bay Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Next of Kin:
J J Gotz (mother)
65 Bay Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Tuesday, 20 October 1914
Ship: HMAT Karroo A10
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 1st Signal Troop

RTA: Monday, 17 July 1916
Discharged: Friday, 15 September 1916

W Gotz was among a group of members of Port Melbourne Swimming Club members who volunteered for the war and were entertained at Excelsior Hall on Friday 4 September 1914.

1914 ‘OFF TO THE WAR.’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 12 September, p. 4, viewed 6 March, 2015,

1916 ‘SWIMMING CLUB NOTES.’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 26 August, p. 3. , viewed 04 Aug 2016,

W Gotz was listed on the Swimming Club Roll of Honour, 25 November 1916.

1916 ‘ROLL OF HONOR.’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 25 November, p. 2. , viewed 04 Nov 2016,

In November 1919, Walter applied to Port Melbourne Council for the combined position of Dog Registration Officer, Meter Reader and Assistant Collector for Electric Supply. Over 100 applications were received*.

Prior to the war he had worked for Mr J Esson of Bay Street and after returning from active service he was on the staff of the State Recruiting Committee as an organiser through central Gippsland.

Another returned soldier, Sydney Ryan Carns was the successful applicant.

* The file of handwritten applications is part of the Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society Collection

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