Walter J. S. Aveson

Date of birth: 1881
Place of birth: St Helier, Jersey
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 1st
Rank / Service No: Private, 25610
Died: 22nd April 1918, aged 36 years
Commemorated: Loos Memorial, France


Walter was the fifth of 9 siblings born to Christopher and Emma Aveson (nee Sparkes), who married in Newport, Wales in 1869.


Christopher, a quarryman by trade, was born in Hull in 1849….he died before 1895.

Emma was born in Devon in 1848; she married Walter James Groizard on Jersey some time before 1895.


It’s not known what brought the couple to Jersey, but all of their children were born there.



Ann Maria   b. 1871 St. Brelade   d. 1951 Southampton

Emma Jane   b. 1873   d. ??  Married Herbert Brown in Weymouth in 1895

Thomas   b. 4 January 1875   d. 1939 Birmingham   Married Miriam Wiberley in Birmingham in 1897.

Florence May   b. 23 August 1880   d. ??

Walter J. S.

Mabel A.   b. 1885   d. ??   Married Victor C. Smith in Southampton in 1931.

William Henry R. “Harry”    b. 1887   d. 1927 Southampton   Married Daisy M. Stevens in Southampton in 1920.

Edith   b. 1890   d. ??

Christopher Sidney   b. 9 April 1892   d. 1983 Bournemouth   Married Catherine Ellen Gearey in Southampton in 1912.

Their son, Walter George, died on 5 July 1941 during WWII (R.A.F)


Walter married Louisa Alice Parker in Southampton in 1911. Louisa had married Walter John Pothercary in Southampton in 1903, but he died after a fight outside the Mayflower Public House in 1910.


The couple had 2 children before Walter John’s demise……..

Louisa B. Parker   b. 1903 Southampton   d. ??   Married John Odey in Southampton in 1939.

Ernest Arthur Parker   b. 29 January 1909 Southampton   d. 1983 New Forest   Married Eileen E. Ridges in Southampton in 1935.


Louisa and Walter Aveson also had 2 children before Walter’s death in the war…..


Mabel Annie   b. 22 November 1912 Southampton   d. 1999 Southampton

Christopher Stephen   b. 6 January 1914 Southampton   d. 1992 Southampton   Married May E. Considine in Southampton in 1936.


The family were living at 28 Cossack Street, St. Mary’s at the 1911 Census.


Louisa had been born in Askerswell, Dorset on Christmas Day in 1880. She married Sydney B. Smith after Walter’s death, in 1921, and she was living with her son and his wife at 10 Marianne Close, Millbrook in 1939.


She passed away in that house in 1944.



Walter originally attested into the R.F.A in Aldershot on 15 January 1900 (# 15331).

On 17 March 1900, Walter left the UK bound for the Boer War (1899-1902); he returned on 2 January 1904.


He was then placed on reserve until he was discharged on 14 January 1912, whereupon he must have re-enlisted into the Hampshire Regiment when the call went out for reinforcements.


The Loos Memorial forms the sides and back of Dud Corner Cemetery, rumoured to be so named because of the large number of unexploded German shells found in the neighbourhood after the Armistice.


It commemorates over 20,000 Commonwealth servicemen, who have no known grave, who fell in the area from the River Lys to Grenay.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 22nd November 2016


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