Walter George Horsey

Date of birth: 1899
Place of birth: Fordingbridge
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 14th
Rank / Service No: Private, 29629
Died: 3rd September 1916, aged 17 years
Commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, France


Walter was the youngest of 3 siblings born to Charles and Annie Susannah Horsey (nee Mist), who married in Fordingbridge in 1896.


Both parents were born in Fordingbridge, Charles in 1875 and Annie in 1877.


Charles died in the village in 1900 , aged only 25 years.

Annie married Samuel James Thorn in Fordingbridge in 1902, and the couple had one son.


Annie passed away in Southampton in 1947, eight years before Samuel.



Charles John   b. 1896 Fordingbridge   d. 1986 Fordingbridge Married Daisy M. Gannaway in Southampton in 1928.

Harriet ELLEN   b. 1898 Fordingbridge   d. 1984 Southampton


Half Brother….Albert Reginald   b. 1904 Fordingbridge d. 1981 Southampton   Married Norah Masters in Romsey in 1935.



The 14th Hampshire’s were part of the 116th Brigade in the 39th Division when they landed at Le Havre on 6 March 1916.

On 30 June 1916, the battalion was in an attack near Richebourg l’Avoue with a Sussex battalion; a large number of the Sussex battalion were killed.


From here the battalion went to the Somme, and it was here that Walter met his end. In early July, a huge Allied attack basically failed and it resulted in the inevitable trench warfare.


Repeated attacks and counter-attacks meant a major battle for every village, copse and farmhouse gained.


At the end of September 1916 Thiepval was finally captured, having been an original objective on 1 July.


The Memorial bears the names of over 72,000 Commonwealth servicemen who lost their lives in the 4-month battle.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 30th September 2016


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