5462 Pte. Harry Wall was born about 1890 in West Ham, Essex to Cornelius Wall and Mahala Clark. He was listed as a green grocer on the 1911 census, living at Forest Gate, London. He may be the Harry Wall who left London on the Narrungon 14th September 1911 bound for Melbourne. His occupation was stated as farm worker on the ship’s register.
Harry was working as a farm laborer at Cowes before enlisting. He enlisted with the 18/5th Battalion in Melbourne on 26thFebruary 1916 and embarked from Australia on HMAT Ayrshire on 3rd July 1916. He transferred to the 67th Battalion on 5th May 1917 but this was disbanded without seeing action and Harry was transferred to the 5th Battalion on 19th September 1917.
In 1917, the battalion participated in the operations that followed-up the German withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line, and then returned to Belgium to join the great offensive launched to the east of Ypres. In March and April 1918, the battalion helped to stop the German spring offensive.
Australian War Memorial website.
Harry was killed in action 14th June 1918 and buried at La Kreule Military Cemetery, Hazebrouck, Nord Pas de Calais, France.
Harry Wall is commemorated on the Cowes Obelisk, Phillip Island RSL Book of Honour and the Phillip Island RSL Roll of Honour.