Walter Harry Montague Dimmock

Date of birth: 1895
Place of birth: Johannesburg
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 1st
Rank / Service No: Private, 22675
Died: 9th August 1916, aged 21 years
Buried: Ferme-Olivier Cemetery, Belgium (Plot I, Row A, Grave 4)

 

Walter was the middle child of 3 siblings born to Walter Harry and Kate Dimmock (nee Domoney), who married in Southampton in 1888.

It is not known why the couple set sail for South Africa, but they were there for 5 or 6 years.

Both parents were born in Southampton in 1864; Kate passed away there in 1920 and Walter died at home on 10 June 1936.

 

The family lived at 298 Priory Road, St. Denys.

 

Siblings

Gladys Lillian   b. 1892 Johannesburg   d. 29 September 1930 Southampton

Walter Harry Montague 

Doris Kathleen   b. 1901 Southampton   d. 4 September 1983 Southampton   Married George Stanley Collard in Southampton in 1931.

 

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 possible that Walter was wounded during the Battle of Albert, fought between July 1 – 13th.

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

 

The Cemetery was in continuous use between 9 June 1915 and 5 August 1917, with the 62nd / 16th / 9th / 11th / 129th & 130th Field Ambulances successively having dressing stations close by.

 

The cemetery contains 408 Commonwealth WW1 burials.

 

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 6 July 2016
Updated:

 

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