Edwin William Walters

Date of birth:                     31st July 1896
Place of birth:                    Southampton
Service No.:                        Po/1746 (S)
Rank:                                     Private
Regiment / Division:      Royal Marine Light Infantry
Battalion:                            2nd Royal Marines Battalion Royal Naval Division
Died:                                      28th April 1917 aged 21 years
Death Location:                France

Life before the War
Edwin was born on 31st July 1896 in Southampton.  His parents were Edward (aka Edwin) William born 1864 and Eliza Ann, nee Cooke, who was born 1861.  They were married in 1887 Southampton.

Edwin’s siblings were:
Love Eliza W (aka Laura)      b.1888
Lester James Frederick         b.1890 – d.1917
Ellen Daisy J                               b.1895
Harriett Edith                             b.1897
Letitia Grace (aka Grace)      b.1899

In 1901 the family were living at 54 Wellington Road, Shirley, Southampton.  Edward was working as a Carpenter.

By 1911 they had moved to 54 Wolseley Road, Freemantle, Southampton.  Edward was working for a Builder as a Carpenter and Joiner, Laura was a General Servant, Lester was employed as a Grocer’s Assistant and Edwin a Carpenter’s Apprentice.

Brother Lester’s War Service

National Roll of the Great War (shown as James Frederick):
“Walters, J. F., Private, R.M.L.I.
Having joined in November 1916 he was shortly after sent to France.  Whilst in this theatre of war he saw much heavy fighting and was reported missing, believed killed on April 28th, 1917, during the Battle of Arras.  He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.
“Summerley House”, Millbrook, Southampton”

Please select Lester’s name if you want to read his story. Tragically, Lester and Edwin were both reported missing, believed killed, on the same day.

Edwin’s War Service

Royal Navy and Royal Marine War Graves Roll:
Name:                                                            Edwin William Walters
Rank:                                                              Pte
Birth Date:                                                   31 Jul 1896
Branch of Service:                                    Royal Marine Light Infantry
Cause of Death:                                         Killed or died as a direct result of enemy action
Official Number Port Division:          Po/1746 (S)
Death Date:                                                 28 Apr 1917
Ship or Unit:                                               2nd Royal Marines Battalion Royal Naval Division
Location of Grave:                                  Not recorded
Name and Address of Cemetery:      No Information Received As To Location of Grave
Relatives Notified and Address:       Mother: Eliza, “Summerley House”, Millbrook, Southampton

Royal Naval Division Casualties of the Great War:

Name:                                                           Edwin William Walters
Service Branch:                                        Royal Marine Light Infantry
Unit:                                                               2nd Royal Marine Bn.
Rank:                                                             Private
Death Date:                                                 28 Apr 1917
Cause of Death:                                        Missing, assumed dead
Burial:                                                           Arras Memorial (MR 20)
Service History:                                       Draft for 2nd RM Bn. BEF 15/3/17.
Service Number:                                     PO/1746/S
Notes:                                                           2nd RM Bn. ‘C’ Company 11th Platoon 28/4/17 ; b.31/7/1896 ; Parents, Edwin H. & Eliza, Summerley House, Millbrook, Southampton. ; Brother of PO/1723/S Private L.J.F. Walters, KIA 2nd RM Bn. 28/4/17.

National Roll of the Great War:
“Walters, E. W., Private, R.M.L.I.
He joined in November 1916, and was shortly afterwards drafted to the Western Front. In this theatre of war he took part in many battles, including that of Arras, where he was reported missing on April 28th, 1917. He has since been presumed killed on that date, and was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.
“Summerley House”, Millbrook, Southampton”

Edwin is Remembered with Honour on the Arras Memorial, France.

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