THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
WALTER Charles Lockhart
23229, Lieutenant Colonel, 6 Field Regiment, New Zealand Artillery

CITATION
Distinguished Service Order
Gazetted 23 November 1943, p5173
On the night of 19th/20th April 1943, for the operation involving the capture of Tokrouna, Lieutenant Colonel CL Walter was required to deploy his regiment under cover of darkness into open positions to provide the necessary covering fire.  By very careful planning involving a large dumping programme the previous night, Lieutenant Colonel Walter got his regiment into action by the required time and completed the fire programme.  At daylight the following morning with great skill he advanced his regiment under heavy fire and succeeded in deploying it in a position to give covering fire to the leading Brigade.  His action in getting forward as early as possible enabled artillery support to be given to the leading Brigade very soon after it was established on the objective.  Throughout a long period of regiment service, Lieutenant Colonel Walter was outstanding as a most capable regimental leader executing his operational duties with extreme care and exactitude.  In addition he proved himself a capable leader in the matters of training and administration and his example to all around him during operations was an inspiration to them

AWARDS
Distinguished Service Order
1939-45 Star
Africa Star
      8th Army
Italy Star
Defence Medal
War Medal 1939-45
New Zealand War Service Medal
Silver Jubilee Medal 1935
Efficiency Decoration
New Zealand Territorial Service Medal

NOTES
Born 10 December 1902, Christchurch, New Zealand
Died 18 March 1977, Hamilton, New Zealand