10/04/1916- Completed Medical Examination Perth WA
26/04/1916-To 65 Depot as Private
4/05/1916-T0 44th Battalion 2nd Reinforcements
6/10/1916-To 11th Training Battalion England ex Disembarkation Leave
13/10/1916-Joined 44th Battalion in England
25/11/1916-Proceeded Overseas France ex Southampton
27/01/1917-Promoted CORPORAL in the field France
16/02/1917-Detached Railway Construction Party in the field Belgium
4/06/1917-Reported MISSING IN ACTION Belgium
4/06/1917- Reported KILLED IN ACTION Belgium ( Court of Enquiry Held 20/11/1917 )


Service Medals Awarded

British War Medal – No. 44985

Victory Medal – N0. 44472

Memorial Plaque/Scroll – No. 339198


Memorial Inscriptions

Villers-Brettoneux Memorial, France

Australian War Memorial, Canberra – Panel No. 138

Collie War Memorial, Western Australia

Harvey War Memorial, Western Australia


STATEMENTS RE. DEATH OF N0. 1937 Cpl. PALMER, Christopher Ryder


2/08/1917- From No. 1879 Pte. O’DONNELL, L, 44th Battalion:- ” I was with Cpl. PALMER, C R, on the 4th June 1917 in a raid, and saw him struck by a  bullet. He fell into a shell hole at the enemies wire, but I was unable to go to his assistance, and I was escorting a prisoner to our own lines, and could not say whether he was killed or taken prisoner. A raiding party went out in search of him the same night  but was unable to find him “.


4/09/1917- From N0. 617 Pte. TREBY, W S, 44th Battalion:- ” On the 4th June 1917 when raiding the enemy trenches by Messines No. 1937 Cpl. PALMER,C R was to the best of my knowledge blown up by a shell in the enemy trenches. The ground was searched but no trace of him could be found “.

5/09/1917- From No. 2069 Pte. CROCKER, J H , 44th Battalion:- ” I believe that 1937 Cpl. PALMER, C R , 44th Battalion was wounded on 4/06/1917.  Some friends have informed me that they saw him lying in a shell hole but he refused to be carried back to our lines stating that he was too heavy and that he would crawl back when it became dark.  I can give no information as to what happened to him eventually “.


6/09/1917- From No. 1914  Sig. THOMPSON, J, 44th Battalion:- ” I last saw Cpl. PALMER on the 4th June 1917 about 8.00 p.m. and was then on his way to take up position prior to going over in a raid. I shook hands with him and wished him luck and up to the time of the Messines push as far as I could gather and not returned, and to my knowledge has not returned at any subsequent date “.




Information from Grahame Old, Cardiff-Collie RSL:-

Christopher Palmer advised his enlistment address as Harvey, had a Farm in Harvey, and is acknowledged  on the Harvey Honour Board. 
Palmer was heavily involved with Collie prior to the War, owning a small Farm, having an interest in a Timber Mill and being an influential Town Councillor in Local Government. He is named on the Collie War Memorial and on the Collie-Cardiff RSL Honour Roll.