Walter Frank Hallett

Date of birth: 12th July 1883
Place of birth: Netley, Southampton
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 1st
Rank / Service No: Private, 10573
Died: 1st July 1916, aged 32 years.
Buried: Redan Ridge Cemetery No.2, Beaumont-Hamel, France (A.78)

 

Walter was the second of 8 siblings born to Frank William and Kate Eliza Hallett (nee Spencer), who married in Southampton in 1883.

 

Frank was born in Ryde in 1863 and died aboard HMS Alacantara on 29 February 1916, some 3 months before the death of his son.

 

Kate was born in Southampton in 1857 and she passed away in the city in 1915, just prior to the death’s of her husband and son.

 

Siblings

William   b. 1880 Sholing   d. ??

Walter Frank  

Frederick   b. 1885 Sholing   d. ??

James Thomas   b. 1889 Southampton   d. 8 February 1913 on board SS Van Dyck. Married Elizabeth ? in Southampton in 1910. James died of cirrhosis of the liver, followed by peritonitis.

George Alexander   b. 9 December 1889 Southampton   d. 1968 Southampton   Married Rosina McCartney in Southampton in 1939.

Frank Alfred   b. 26 November 1894 Southampton   d. 1961 Southampton   Married Beatrice H. Barnard in Southampton in 1938.

Kate Edith   b. 1896 Southampton   d. 1991 Southampton   Married William Read in Southampton in 1920.

Bertie Edward   b. 1898 Southampton   d. ??

 

Walter married Lilian Eliza Etheridge in Southampton in 1906 and the couple are known to have had 3 children….

Lillian   b. 1904 Southampton   d. ??

Florence Emily   b. 1908 Southampton   d. 1991 Southampton   Married Henry C. Barnes in Southampton in 1927.

Walter Ernest   b. 1910 Southampton   d. 1976 Southampton   Married Christabella K. Vokes in Southampton in 1933.

 

Lilian was born in Southampton in 1882; she passed away before either her husband or son, in 1912 aged only 30 years.

 

 

The 1st Hampshire became part of the 11th Brigade of the 4th Division in III Corps prior to their departure for France in August 1914.

They were immediately in action at Le Cateau, near Mons, covering the retreat of the B.E.F.

 

It is probable that Walter was killed during the first day of the Battle of Albert, recognized also as the first day of the First Battle of the Somme.

 

On this day, the 1st Hampshires lost 320 men and had 265 wounded, the battalion’s worst experience of the war.

 

The cemetery is named after the Redan, a group of British frontline trenches of 1916.

The cemetery was made by the V Corps in the spring of 1917, when the battlefields were cleared.

 

It now holds over 250 WW1 casualties, over 100 of which are unidentified; all fell in July & November 1916 and belonged to the 4th, 2nd & 29th Divisions.

 

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 2nd September 2016
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