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Envoy Walter Plane (1870–1931)

Envoy Walter Plane, the best-known non-commissioned Salvation Army officer in Broken Hill, died at the Hospital last night after an illness of about a week's duration. He was 61 years of age and has been a resident of Broken Hill for over 40 years. He was an electrician by trade, and in this capacity was employed on the Proprietary mine till its closing. He was admitted to the Hospital about a week ago suffering from enteric fever. As an envoy of the Salvation Army, he was known throughout Broken Hill, and his charitable work brought him in close touch with the lives of many citizens. He had 27 years' active and unbroken service in the Control Corps. The office of envoy which he held was the highest non-commissioned office obtainable in the Army. Often in his position he was left in charge of the Central Corps when the officers were absent for different reasons, and until recently he was most prominent at the Salvation Army open-air meetings at the Soldiers' Hostel corner. He also took a most forward part in the conduct of meetings and the administration of the activities of the various local corps. For many years he held the position of Young People's Sergeant-Major, which position he relinquished about six years ago. Since then he has retained a position on the Census Board, first as corps cadet guardian, and later as recruiting sergeant. Active till the last, the envoy in conjunction with Envoy Green led the service last Sunday week in the absence of the corps officer. The Central Corps will pay tribute to his memory when a memorial service will be conducted by Adjutant Hilton in the Central Citadel, on Sunday night next. He was a member of the F.E.D). and F.A. and the Loyal Silver City Lodge of the Manchester Unity. A widow, four sons (Messrs. Eldred, Edgar, Stanley and Frank), and three daughters (Mesdames I. Hocking, S. Arnold, and E. Glenn) survive him.

The funeral took place this afternoon, leaving Mrs. Glenn's residence, 465 Chapple-street, at 4 o'clock. The funeral was conducted with full Salvation Army honors, the service at the house and grave being in charge of Adjutant Hilton. Members of the Central Army band played on the way to the Cemetery. The arrangements for the funeral were carried out by Fred J. Potter and Son.

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'Plane, Envoy Walter (1870–1931)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 19 May 2024.

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18 November, 1931 (aged ~ 61)
Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

typhoid fever