Photo of plaque M189A
Service number
2/16 Battalion
Cause of death
Killed in Action
Place of death
Date of death
8 December 1942
Plaque number
Co-located plaques
M189 - WO2 Frederick Martin
M189B - FSGT Dennis Martin
Dedicated by
Nephew on 23 September 2009
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Biography presented during plaque dedication:

Sergeant John Dulford Walrond of 2/16 Battalion was born in Orange Grove, Johannesburg, South Africa in August 1914, the son of Francis and Mildred Walrond.

When he left school, he worked in the goldmines. Later he went to Rhodesia and worked in the copper mines until he made his way to Perth.

He enlisted in May 1940 and was posted to 2/16 Battalion prior to his embarkation in October 1940.

He survived the Middle East action and returned to Australia where he married Pat, who is the sister of the Martin brothers (Warrant Officer Frederick and Flight Sergeant Dennis Martin).

The 2/16 Battalion went to New Guinea in August 1942 and fought a series of battles with the Japanese with heavy losses on both sides.

Sergeant John Dulford Walrond, service number WX3254, was killed in action in New Guinea on 8 December 1942. He was 28.

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