Walter Tregonwell Napier

Date of birth: 1891
Place of birth: Hampshire
Service No.: 267450
Rank: Private
Regiment: Gloucestershire
Battalion: 1 / 6th
Died: 11th March 1917 aged 26 years
Death location: France and Flanders


Life before the War
Walter was born in 1891 Hythe, Hampshire, although some of the census records show he was born in Southampton.  His parents were John, born 1863 and died 1899, and Elizabeth Mary, nee Clifton, born 1865 and died 1899. They married on 7th April 1891 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Chapel, Southampton.

Walter had a sister, Elizabeth Mary, who was born 22nd April 1895 in Millbrook Southampton.

In the 1901 census Walter was a Pupil Boarder at the Catholic Covent, St. Edmund’s Roman Catholic Church.  Elizabeth was living with an aunt, Ann Napier, who was living on her own means at “Redcliffe”, Bond Street, Portswood, Southampton.

By 1911 both Mary and Walter were living with their aunt and uncle, John and Ellen Andrews, at Junction Road, Totton, Hampshire.  John Andrews had his own business as a Timber Merchant and Walter was working with him.

Father’s National Probate
“Napier John of Wimpson Villa Millbrook Hants gentleman died 9 November 1899. Administration Winchester 19 December to Ellen Andrews (wife of john Andrews). Effects £49 15s 8d”

Mother’s National Probate
“Napier Elizabeth Mary of Wimpson Villa Millbrook Hants (wife of John Napier) died 15 September 1899. Administration Winchester 5 October to the said John Napier gentleman. Effects £27 1s 5d”

“Napier Elizabeth Mary of Wimpson Villa Millbrook Hants (wife of John Napier) died 15 September 1899. Administration Winchester 23 June 1904 to Ellen Andrews (wife of John Andrews) Effects £9 7s 2d. Former grant October 1899”


War Service

Bray Military Cemetery

Bray Military Cemetery

Walter enlisted in Southampton and was killed in action in France and Flanders.  He is remembered with honour at the Bray Military Cemetery in France.  Walter was entitled to the British Service and Victory Medals.

National Probate Calendar
“Napier Walter Tregonwell of Hardley Farm Hardley Hythe Hampshire private Gloucester regiment died 9 March 1917 in France. Administration (with will) London 23 November 1918 to John Tregonwell Napier farmer. Effects £1238 5s 2d”


Researcher: Becky Lonergan
Published: 9th June 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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