Walter Ernest Barton
Name Walter Ernest Barton
Number Trooper 881
Battalion 8th Light Horse
Place of Birth “Redbank” Stratford Gippsland Victoria
Next of Kin His mother, Augustine Barton of Buffalo Creek South Gippsland, the property was called “Tarwin Park”.
Date and place of enlistment Meeniyan 31/11/1914
Physical details on enlistment Age 30 years, 5’6 ¼ “,
9 Stone 6 pounds, blue eyes and dark brown hair.
Religion Church of England
Date and place of death
He was killed in action on 7/8/1915 at the charge on the Nek, Gallipoli. His file says killed at Walker’s Ridge
Location of memorial
He is on the Lone Pine Memorial Gallipoli Turkey
Relationship to Woorayl Shire
Ernest lived in Buffalo on the farm of his parents and was a well known member of the community
- He has his name on Meeniyan Honour Roll
- 30/11/14 He enlisted Meeniyan
- His form was signed by J Allen McDonald JP
- 7/5/15 He embarked Melbourne on HMAT Palermo
- 5/8/15 He arrived in Gallipoli
- 7/8/15 He was killed in action
- His father received a parcel of effects consisting of only an electric torch via Thomas Cook and the Demosthenes. Mrs. Barton wrote asking why there was only a torch.
- Mrs. Barton applied for a copy of the register of the Lone Pine Memorial with his name on it.
- In 1922 the family received the Victory Medal and the Memorial plaque
A report in The Great Southern Star told of the death of Ernie Barton and Tom Murray at Gallipoli.
On September 17th The Star reported the deaths of two soldiers from Buffalo, Ernest Barton and Thomas Murray. Tom Murray was the captain of the cricket team and took a keen interest in the sport. He would travel over long distances for a good game of cricket. Ernie Barton was secretary of many societies and was also secretary of the committee, which organised the annual picnic and sports day. He was also captain of the Meeniyan football team for a season11/11/14
There is road called Barton’s Rd, which runs from Fish Creek – Meeniyan Rd and west to the Tarwin River.