Date of birth: 4th July 1897
Place of birth: Sholing, Southampton
Rank: Able Seaman
Regiment / Division: Royal Navy aboard the H.M.S. Tartar
Died: 17 June 1917 aged 19 years
Death Location: At sea
Life before the War
Walter was born 4 July 1897 in Sholing, Southampton. His parents were Walter John and Louisa, nee Stanley. His father was born 1873 Southampton and died 1931 Southampton. His mother was born 1875 in Deepcar, Yorkshire. They married in 1897 Southampton. Walter’s 5 siblings were Hu(er)bert b. 1899, Ivy b. 1902, Gladys Myrtle Louisa b. 1904 and d. 1986, Vera b. 1907 and Lynda Ellen b. 1909 – all born in Sholing, Southampton.
In 1901 Walter (aka Maurice in the census) was living with his parents and brother at North East Road, Sholing, Southampton. Father Walter was a general Labourer
In 1911 the family were living at 12 Loane Road, Sholing, Southampton. The father was a General Labourer.
Walter joined the Royal Navy as an Able Seaman. He died on 17 June 1917 as a direct result of enemy action whilst aboard H.M.S Tartar.
H.M.S. Tartar was built by Thornycroft & Co. Ltd, Woolston, Southampton in 1907. She was classed as a Destroyer. On 17 June 1917 she was attacked by UC 65, commanded by Otto Steinbrinck. Tartar was mined off Boulogne and was damaged with the loss of 45 crew members. She was repaired and eventually sold on 9th may 1921.
Walter is Remembered with Honour at the Eastern Cemetery, Boulogne, France.
National Roll Of the Great War 1914 – 1918
Fisher, W. M. G., A.B., Royal Navy.
He joined in may 1916 and was posted to H.M.S. “Hindustani” which vessel was engaged in the North Sea on important patrol and escort duties. He also served in H.M.S. “Tartar” escorting troop ships from Dover to Boulogne and lost his life when this ship was sunk on June 17th 1917. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.
12 Loane Road, Sholing, Southampton