Date of birth: 1895
Place of birth: Sholing, Southampton
Service No.: 405823
Rank: Air Mechanic 2nd Class
Regiment / Division: Royal Air Force – Aircraft Park
Died: 3rd November 1918 aged 23 years
Death Location: Lahore
Life before the War
Walter was born 1895 in Sholing, Southampton. His parents were John and Matilda, nee Wilkins, who married Southampton in 1883. Matilda was born in Southampton in 1859.
Walter had three sisters – Elizabeth born 1883, Edith born 1887 and Lilian Matilda (aka Lily) born 1891.
In 1891 Matilda, with her daughters Elizabeth and Edith, was living at South East Road, Sholing, Southampton. Matilda was a Laundress
By 1901 Matilda and children Elizabeth, Lily and Walter had moved to Middle Road, Sholing, Southampton. Matilda was a Laundress, which was her Own Account.
The family had moved again by the 1911 census. Matilda, with children Lily and Walter, was living at 20 Loane Road, Sholing, Southampton. Matilda was still a Laundress, which was her own business, Lily was a Nursemaid and Walter was employed as an Apprentice Shipwright.
On each of the censuses Matilda stated she was married but her husband was never entered onto the census.
Walter was serving in the Royal Air Force (Aircraft Park) as an Air Mechanic 2nd Class. His service number was 405823.
He died on 3rd November 1918 aged 23 and is Remembered with Honour on the Karachi 1914 – 1918 War Memorial, Pakistan.
National Roll of the Great War
“Wishart, W. F.., Air Mechanic, R.A.F.
He volunteered in august 1914 and after a period of training was drafted to India, where he was engaged on duties which called for a high degree of technical skill. He did work of a valuable character until his death at Lahore in November 1918. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.
15, Elm Road, Itchen, Hants”.
A “Deadmans Penny” for Walter was given to his mother following his death and is in the possession of Mr Alan Taylor who informed us, we appreciate his interest and thank him for contacting us.
Researched by Becky Lonergan 2013.