Walter Henry Adderley

Date of birth: 27th April 1892
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Devonshire
Battalion: 9th
Rank / Service No: Private, 290384
Died: 26th October 1917, aged 24 years
Commemorated: Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium


Walter was the youngest of 4 siblings born to Walter and Eliza Edith Adderley (nee Gallagher), who married in Southampton in 1886.


Both parents and the then 3 children were living with Eliza’s parents and siblings in Derby Road at the 1891 Census. At the 1911 Census the young Walter was living with his mother’s parents at 89 Clarendon Road, Shirley whilst she was a Nursemaid to the See family in Fareham.


Walter was born in Leamington Spa in 1859 and he died young in Shirley, aged only 42 years.

Eliza was born in Southampton in 1861 and she reached 99 years old before passing away in the city in 1960.



Frederick William   b. 18 October 1887 St. Mary’s   d. ??   Married Sylvia J. Baker in Southampton in 1919. Enlisted in Royal Marine Light Infantry (PO/12551) on 22 June 1903, when clearly under-age.

He was living at 17 Ongar Road, Fulham (married) in 1939…he was a Theatrical Stage Manager.


Alice Maud   b. 1889 St. Mary’s   d. 1891 St. Mary’s

Edward George   b. 19 October 1890   d. 21.00 hrs on 25 July 1902 ay Haymarket Square Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. Whilst on board SS New England, Edward “had an accident causing a fractured skull”.



Walter enlisted into the Army in September 1916 and was drafted to France in July 1917.

By the time Walter arrived at the frontline, his battalion had suffered catastrophic losses at the Battle of Loos (1915) and on the first day (1 July 1916) of the Battle of the Somme.


Walter perished during the Third Battle of Ypres, part of a major British offensive.


The battalion made an unsuccessful attack on Gheluvelt, where only 3 officers from both the 8th & 9th battalions survived.


Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 18th November 2016


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