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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Wally" Walter Victor BAGLEY

Born 23 January 1890 in Perth, Western Australia [15] [114: page 32]
Son of John BAGLEY and Emily Edith GARDNER; and stepson of Peter PILONI [15] [114: page 32]
His father passed away on 19 April 1890, when he was less than three months old [114]
He shifted to Wannamal with his twice widowed mother and siblings late in the year 1900 [114]
     Resided with his mother on Haresfield Farm in Wannamal [114: page 32]
     Student at the Wannamal State School in Wannamal in 1904 as the 20th student to be enrolled at the school [114: page 74]
     Member of the Wannamal Cricket Club in 1910 and 1911 [114: pages 146-7]
In early 1916 he was living with his mother at 185 York Street in the Perth suburb of Subiaco and working as a Fireman [30]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in Perth on 18 January 1916 [30: item 3043767]
     Upon enlistment he was 5 feet 10½ inches tall, weighed 180 pounds and had blue eyes, light brown hair and a fair complexion [30]
     After training in Bunbury he was appointed on 25 March 1916 to the 16th Reinforcements of the 11th Battalion [30]
     Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for service abroad on the H.M.A.T. Shropshire on 31 March 1916 [94]
     Private 5047 in the Australian Imperial Force's 11th Battalion in France during the First World War [30]
     Reported Missing in Action from 14 April 1917 to 15 April 1917 when it was reported he was a Prisoner of War in Germany [30]
     Following his repatriation he arrived in England on 11 December 1918 [30]
     Married Jessie Louise DURHAM on 6 March 1919 at the Parish Church in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, England [30]
     Embarked England with his wife on the Konigin Luise and disembarked in Fremantle, Western Australia on 2 August 1919 [30]
     Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 25 September 1919; received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
He was a guest of honour at a "Welcome Home" at Wannamal Hall in Wannamal on the evening of 20 September 1919 [9: 3-Oct-1919]
     Over 200 people attended the function which tendered a welcome home to himself, Charles A. STOKES and John L. BAGLEY [9]
He and his wife resided at 11 Pine Street and later at 151 Bagot Road in the Perth suburb of Subiaco [50]
     Commonwealth Electoral Rolls listed his occupation as a "Horse Driver" and later as a "Carrier" [50]
For a number of years he annually worked in Carnamah as a Wheat Carrier over the wheat carting season [5: 29-Nov-1935, 12-Jan-1940]
     He is known to have carted the wheat from GOULD Bros' farm at Five Gums in Carnamah during the 1928-29 harvest [P260]
     He is said to have done his wheat carting in Carnamah with his Diamond-T truck with straight table top back [P399]
     Arrived in Carnamah in mid November 1933 for the 1933-34 harvest [5: 24-Nov-1933]
     Member of Carnamah's Parkinson Tennis Club during his time in Carnamah in December 1933 [5: 15-Dec-1933]
     Attended the Carnamah Church of England's New Year Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 30 December 1933 [5: 5-Jan-1934]
     Began advertising his services as a wheat carter in The North Midland Times newspaper on Friday 27 July 1934 [5: 27-Jul-1934]
     The advertisement notified old and intending clients he would be returning to Carnamah well equipped for the 1934 harvest [5]
     In October 1935 he and his brother-in-law Charles A. STOKES advertised in The North Midland Times [5: 11-Oct-1935]
     "to notify old and intending clients that they will be returning to Carnamah, well-equipped for the coming wheat carting season" [5]
     Arrived in Carnamah on Wednesday 27 November 1935 to commence work for the wheat carting season [5: 29-Nov-1935]
     After completing his contracts for the 1938 season he returned to his home in Perth on 23 December 1938 [0: image 02910]
     Returned to Carnamah for the 1939-40 season and after finishing returned to Perth on 8 January 1940 [5: 12-Jan-1940]
Resided in the Perth suburb of Subiaco until his death in 1973 [2]
Died 18 April 1973; buried at Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Congregational, BA, 391) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Walter Victor Bagley' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 1 March 2024 from [reference list]

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