Sapper Walter Longford was a 64 year old ex-signalman from Granville. He was the widowed husband of Mrs Mary Longford and the father of son Walter Longford of Milton Street, Granville, and of daughter Mrs T. J. Price of Cooper Street, Katoomba. He enlisted on 15 January 1917 and was assigned to the Railway Unit, and the Reinforcements and Special Draft. He embarked with his unit from Adelaide aboard the HMAT Miltiades A28 on 24 January 1917. He proceeded overseas to France on 11 May 1917. He was awarded a military medal on 26 March 1918. His deeds were written about in the Sixth Supplement No. 30585 of the London Gazette on 15 March 1918, stating “His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to approve of the award of the Military Medal for bravery in the field to the undermentioned soldier: – No. 1098 Sapper W. Longford.” This article was printed in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette, No. 120, on 7 August 1918. He was given leave in the United Kingdom on 5 August 1918, and was admitted to hospital with debility while on leave. He returned to Australia aboard the D24 on 19 October 1918 for discharge due to debility.
Kimberley Russell, Volunteer Research Assistant, City of Parramatta, Parramatta Heritage Centre, 2017