Warrant Officer Class 2 Walter Peeler

Service number 114, VX8345
Ranks Held Lance Corporal, Private, Sergeant, Warrant Officer Class 2
Birth Date 1887-08-09
Birth Place Australia: Victoria, Barkers Creek
Death Date 1968-05-23
Death Place Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Caulfield South
Final Rank Warrant Officer Class 2
Service Australian Imperial Force
  • 3 Pioneer Battalion
  • 3rd Australian Pioneer Battalion
  • 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion
  • First World War, 1914-1918
  • Second World War, 1939-1945
Gazettes Published in London Gazette in 1917-11-26
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1918-03-07

Walter Peeler was born near Castlemaine, Victoria. He enlisted in February 1916 in time to join the 3rd Pioneer Battalion. He was slightly wounded during the battle of Messines in June 1917.

On 4 October 1917 Peeler was one of several Lewis gunners attached to the 37th Battalion for the attack on Broodseinde Ridge. In the forefront, he led attacks against a series of enemy posts, eventually accounting for over 30 of the enemy. A few days later Peeler was wounded and while recuperating received the Victoria Cross from the King.

During the Second World War, Peeler understated his age and enlisted in the 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion. After serving in Syria, he was captured with his unit in Java during 1942 and spent three and a half years as a prisoner of the Japanese. He was a Custodian of Victoria's Shrine of Remembrance between 1934 and 1940 and from 1945 until 1964. He was awarded the British Empire Medal in 1961.

Peeler was awarded the Victoria Cross, British Empire Medal, service medals for the First and Second World Wars, and coronation medals for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II.



Date of birth 09 August 1887
Date of enlistment 22 February 1916
Date of embarkation 06 June 1916
Date returned to Australia 29 August 1918
Date of death 23 May 1968