Walter Charles Goree

Date of birth: 1898
Place of birth: Portswood, Southampton
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 2nd
Rank / Service No: Private, 31582
Died: 23rd April 1917, aged 19 years
Buried: Canadian Cemetery #2, Neuville-St Vaast, France (Plot XVI, Row C, Grave 11)

 

Walter was the youngest of 5 siblings born to George Edward and Ann Selina Goree (nee Dear), who married in Southampton in 1885.

 

The family lived in Aberdeen Road, Portswood from the early 20th century, firstly at No. 16 and then at No. 42.

 

Both parents were born in Southampton, Ann in 1862 and George in 1863. They both passed away in the city in 1926.

 

Siblings

George Edward   b. 1888 Portswood   d. 1957 Rochdale   Married Ida Elizabeth Titherington in Nelson, Lancashire in 1911.

Ann Selina   b. 1890 Portswood   d. 1957 Southampton   Married Mr Hurst in Southampton in 1916.

Lily A.   b. 1892 Portswood   d. 1926 Southampton   Married Henry C. Stock in Southampton in 1922.

Emily Ethel   b. 1894 Portswood   d. 1956 Southampton

Walter Charles

 

The 2nd Hampshires took part in the 1915 Gallipoli campaign before departing from Alexandria in March 1916, bound for Marseilles and action on the Western Front.

 

The battalion was part of Allenby’s Third Army, in the 29th Division, at Arras between 9 April and 16 May 1917.

The 29th Division took part in the phase of the Arras offensive known as the Second Battle of the Scarpe, between 23 – 24th April 1917.

 

It must have been during this action that Walter perished.

 

The cemetery was established by the Canadian Corps after the successful storming of Vimy Ridge on 9 April 1917.

Some of those buried in the cemetery fell in that battle, or died from wounds received there, but the majority were brought in from surrounding battlefields and isolated graves after the Armistice.

 

This is probably what happened to Walter, who was originally listed as an “unknown British soldier.”

 

The cemetery holds nearly 3,000 Commonwealth WW1 burials.

 

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 4th August 2016
Updated:

 

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