JOHN EDWARD STEELE WALSH

in College 1914; son of Henry Deane Walsh (engineer-in-chief, Sydney Harbour Trust) and Lucy Gwendoline Walsh; at school at King’s.

Second Lieutenant, 9th Australian Light Trench Mortar Battery, AIF; killed in action, Armentières, France, 23 December 1916, aged 22.

From The Pauline, on his leaving College:

J.E.S. Walsh, 1914-15. – Represented College in football and rowing. His rotundity of figure, his rubicund countenance, and his genial disposition will live long in our memory, as will his lecturettes on “Sparkling Hock” and “The Etiquette of Wedding Parties”. He is a man that the College can ill afford to lose, and our very best wishes accompany him.

 Obituary in The Pauline:

John Edward Steele Walsh entered College in 1914 from The King’s School, and at the time of enlisting had just completed his second year in the Engineering School. He represented his College in football and shooting. In May, 1916, he left Australia as a sergeant in the 36th Battalion, but in England was promoted to second lieutenant in the 9th Light French Mortar Battery. He was killed in action on December 23, 1916, and was buried near Armentieres.

“Tunks” endeared himself to all who knew him though his invariable cheerfulness, high courage, and unfailing sympathy. He was one of those rare souls who irradiate all they meet with a true spirit of charity, and his untimely loss has made us all the poorer.