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1914-37 Military Cross for Zonnebeke & 1937 Coronation group of 4. MC, GVR, unnamed as issued; British War & Victory Medals impressed officially: 'CAPTAIN W. J. ROSE, AIF'; 1937 GVIR Coronation, unnamed as issued. Walter John Rose, born Dunedin, New Zealand. Previous service 2 years with CMF. Enl Adelaide 27.11.1915 aged 30 as 2/Lieutenant 3rd Pioneer Battalion, AIF. Lieutenant April 1916, Captain May 1916. Returned to Australia and disch 07.07.1919. Awarded MC [Lond Gaz 18.01.1918 p959]: 'ROSE, Walter John, Captain, 3rd Australian Pioneer Battalion. On the 12th Octr 1917 in the vicinity of Zonnebeke on account of the weather conditions, artillery roads & mule tracks became objects of exceptional care & attention. Their grave condition required constant repair & supervision by an officer at all hours. The work involved much danger from shell fire & aeroplane attack & and many difficulties due to the scarcity of material & the constant stream of traffic. He had charge of his work & supervised the repair & construction of the roads & tracks, during the whole period of attack & counter attack. He remained with & moved about his men cheering & encouraging them & showing then the need for extra & unusual effort. His good judgment avoided casualties. His ingenuity in the employment of whatever material came handy for repairing the road, his soldierly bearing & gallant conduct, hour after hour, under constant shell fire, his determination to complete the work, set a most worthy & excellent example to the men & enabled the roads to be kept open for traffic at all hours.' Toned gVF/aEF. Received Coronation Medal as member of the Canberra Tariff Board.