|Date of birth:||1898|
|Place of birth:||Southampton|
|Rank:||Private / Signaller|
|Died:||3rd February 1919 aged 21 years|
Life before the War
Walter’s father Richard Henry was born in 1872 and died in 1899 in Southampton. Walter’s mother was Kate, nee Hayward, born 1878 Southampton. Richard and Kate married in 1897, Southampton. Walter was their only child.
In 1891, Richard, who was single, was living with his mother Eliza, a widow, at 40 Cossack Street, St. Mary’s Parish, Southampton. Kate Hayward was living with them and shown as a niece. Richard was working as a Shoe Maker.
Kate was only married for about 2 years before her husband died. In 1901, (transcribed as Majer), she was living with her mother in law Eliz, also a widow and her son Walter, at 54 Upper Portland Terrace, All Saints Parish, Southampton. Kate was working as a General House Worker.
By 1911, Kate, with her son Walter and mothe- in-law Eliza, were living at 21 The Strand, Southampton. Kate was employed as a Servant Domestic.
Kate never remarried and died in 1950, Southampton.
Walter joined the Hampshire Regiment, 7th Battalion, on 25th July 1916. He gave his religion as Church of England. Walter gave his personal details as:
Address: 30, Cossack Street, Southampton
Next of kin: Kate (his mother).
Walter served at home from 25th July 1916 to 31st October 1917. He was part of the British Expeditionary Force from 1st November 1917 to 15th July 1918. Upon his return to England on 16th July 1918 – 12th September 1918 he was discharged “as no longer physically fit for war service” having served 2 years and 121 days. He had suffered with Pulmonary Tuberculosis which he caught whilst serving in France. He received a pension up to the 3rd February 1919, when he passed away.
Walter is Remembered with Honour for his service to his country on both the Southampton Cenotaph and Memorial Wall.
|Published:||25th May 2015|
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