Date of birth: 1882Place of birth: Eastbourne, Sussex
Date of marriage: 1914
Place of marriage: Southampton
Service No.: 1120
Rank: Acting Lance Corporal
Regiment / Division: Corps of Military Police
Battalion: Foot Branch
Died: 22nd July 1916 aged 34 years
Death Location: At Home
Life before the War
Walter’s father was Alfred who was born in 1859 Willingdon, Sussex. His mother was Emily Mary nee Barnard born Eastbourne, Sussex in 1857.
Alfred and Emily married in Eastbourne in 1881. Walter’s had 4 sisters, Annie b.1873, Amy Hannah b.1884, married 1905, Daisy b.1886 d.1908 and Lilian Edith b.1894 baptized 21st October 1894 and 4 brothers :-Alfred Leonard b.1888, baptized 8th July 1888, d.1917, Alexander George b.1890 d.30th June 1916 (war casualty), Reginald b.1893, baptized 2nd April 1893 d.1968 and Charles Ernest b.1897 d.1902.
In the 1891 census, the family lived in the village of Jevington, Sussex where Alfred was working as a Gardener. Annie was employed as a Domestic Servant.
In 1901, they had moved to Church Street, Willingdon, Sussex. Alfred was still working as a Gardener and Amy was employed as a Housemaid Domestic.Walter had enlisted into the 2nd Royal Sussex Regiment as a Lance Corporal. The company were stationed at Head Quarters Offices, Stanhope Lines, Aldershot.
Walter married Florence Blake in 1914 Southampton. They had one daughter Irene F born 1915.
Brother Alexander’s War Service
Alexander was serving with the Royal Sussex Regiment, 12th Battalion as a Private, service number SD/1407.
He is Remembered with Honour at the Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuinchy, France.
Walter’s War Service
|Death Date:||22 Jul 1916|
|Regiment:||Corps of Military Police|
|Type of Casualty:||Died|
|Theatre of War:||Home|
For his service to his country, Walter is Remembered with Honour at the Southampton Old Cemetery, grave reference N 147 302.
His name is on both the Southampton Cenotaph and Memorial Wall. His death was registered at Epsom, Surrey.
National Roll of the Great War
“Mewett, W., L/Corporal, Military Foot Police.
He was already in the army at the outbreak of war in August 1914, and was immediately sent to the Western Front, where he took an active part in the Battles of Mons and Ypres. He also saw much further severe fighting until March 1916, when he was invalided home with consumption. He unfortunately died from his illness in hospital in the following July, and was entitled to the Mons Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.
7, Birmingham Street, Southampton”
Walter was mentioned in dispatches.This is the lowest form of recognition that was announced.
The Mention in Despatches (M.I.D.) for a Soldier is not an award of a medal, but is a commendation
of an act of gallantry or service. Walter Mewett’s name would appear in the official report written by
a Superior Officer and sent to the high command, in which is described the Soldier’s gallant or
meritorious action in the face of the enemy.